BANNOCKBURN – Lake County Republican Precinct Committeeman and community volunteer, Dr. Howard Cooper, today announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination to the office of Lake County Coroner. Cooper would face incumbent Democrat Coroner Thomas Rudd in November, 2016, should Rudd choose to seek re-election.
“The office of the Lake County Coroner has certainly been in the news of late. Unfortunately, the reason is for causing controversy. This is the last reason the office should be in the news. The Coroner’s office should conduct proper and timely investigations and work seamlessly with other law enforcement agencies. I believe we should strive to have the best public officials and government practices in Lake County,” said Cooper. “As the next Lake County Coroner I have committed to devoting my full attention to the position. As Coroner, I plan to institute strict fiscal accountability to the office and eliminate any wasteful and inefficient practices. My first order of business will be to evaluate the current office procedures and ensure that the staff has the best training and resources available to guarantee that the Lake County Coroner’s office becomes a model of efficient and effective public service. We need to serve our citizens with the dignity they deserve.”
The office of the Coroner has come under fire in recent years with allegations of erroneous cause of death findings, mishandled evidence, conflicts of interest, insensitivity to the families of the deceased, and public disclosure of confidential evidence during ongoing death investigations.
“My education, training and experience as both a health care professional and forensic specialist have been put to the test every day in my own practice and on a moment’s notice when disaster strikes. I was called into service to provide forensic services in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and to help identify the unfortunate victims of the September, 2001 attacks on the twin towers in New York City,” said Cooper. “While I believe my qualifications for the technical role of Coroner are beyond question, the Coroner must also serve as a careful administrator of taxpayer funds and resources. The Coroner must be the primary protector of highly sensitive and confidential information which can mean the difference between a murderer going to prison or being set free to kill again.”
Dr. Cooper is a resident of Bannockburn and this proud father of Morgan, Lexi, Brooke Kylie and Ian. “Being the father of five teens and young adults, I believe it is important to begin a death prevention initiative with Lake County youngsters that helps identify problems and issues such as risky personal behavior, bullying, suicide prevention and substance abuse.”