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As a friend and knowledgeable voter, I have checked the education of both candidates. Mr. Fowler has current licenses in Georgia and Florida. I pose the question how is a one-week class and a GED enough to determine if a case is a suicide or homicide? (Do your homework and compare the education of both, because I alredy have.) Once again, it appears you are seeing things in this article that no one else sees. There is no mention of Mr. Fowler not believing that working with youth is not related to the office. In fact, the article speaks of his involvement. Now, back to the question about how the experience related to the position - I will QUOTE directly from the Dougherty County Coroner's website:"The Dougherty County Coroner's office is responsible for the examination of deceased persons to determine the cause, method and manner of death in cases involving homicide, suicide, accident, suspicious or unusual manner and when unattended by a physician." An autopsy is a "postmortem examination to discover the cause of death or the extent of disease." Hmmm...seems really similar to me. And Fowler has done over 4,200 for the GBI! It sounds like experience in the area to me. He worked in the Crime Lab as a Death Investigation Specialist, so it would seem common sense that he can identify what needs to go to the Crime Lab abd what does not. Moreover, he can save MY TAX MONEY by using his knowledge instead of sending bodies to the crime lab unneccesarily on MY TAB! He also has embalmed over 3,000 bodies!Morticians are the ones responsible for being there for the families of the deceased and showing compassion, as Ms. Quimbley states that Coroners are supposed to do. It sounds like Ms. Quimbley is more of a mortician instead of a coroner... Well, whatever the case is, it sounds like Mr. Fowler has the best of both worlds - experience and compassion. He also has served our country and city at horrible times - remember 9/11? the Albany Floods? Hurricane Katrina and Rita? He has shown compassion for millions, not just me. You are right that forensics cannot hold your hand when you have lost a loved one, but a mortician can and will. And a coroner with forensic knowledge can help if it ends up being someone I loved that were murdered, and at that time, JUSTICE and solving the crime mean as much as, if not more than, compassion. Sorry if sound defensive, but there are TOO many people in elected positions that are reaping the benefits that I AM PAYING. So, as their employer as a taxpayer, I am picking the BEST people to pay. What is this community coming to you ask: A BETTER ALBANY!!!
Okay, let's deal in facts instead of opinions and emotions. Mr. Fowler decided to open a business to transport remains for funeral homes, businesses, and families that needed these services. The EMTs used to transport for the Coroner's office, which meant an ambulance was held up in case a Coroner needed it. Long before Ms. Quimbley took office, Mr. Fowler was used by former Coroners, Brooksheir and Taylor, which made Albany tax dollars more efficient because the extra ambulance was freed up for taking care of the living, while transporters, such as Mr. Fowler, took care of the deceased. Moreover, Dougherty County citizens pay transporters, not Ms Quimbley. She inherited the blessing of Mr. Fowler's service when she came into office, as HE was ALREADY providing services. When Ms. Quimbley came into office, she used her "friends" as transporters, until there were numerous complaints that her "friends" were frequently late on getting the bodies to funeral homes or to the GBI Crime Lab. Because Mr. Fowler was traveling to the Crime Lab as their Death Investigation Specialist every day and because of the excessive tardiness of Ms. Quimbley's friends, only then did she reach out to him as it made sense (as the former Coroners had already realize). The GBI was his primary job, and that is what fed him - not Quimbley. What is really a disgrace is for a Coroner to coerce bereaved families into using a "specific" funeral home that you have connections to and once managed - shameful!
And God and Albany know the wrong things that Quimbley has done.
And God and Albany knows the wrong things that Ms. Quimbley has done.
Did I miss something? Nowhere in this article is gender even mentioned as a factor. Education is. Fowler - College Grauate. Quimbley graduated from where? (crickets chirping) But, Quimbley wants to help dropouts?! There is still an open investigation on Quimbley allegedly stealing jewelry and money from the deceased. And, isn't it strange that the majority of the funeral homes have endorsed Fowler instead of the person that has been Coroner for 8 years? Its time out for us to stop letting unqualified and uneducated people run our city and abuse our tax dollars. And, for the taxes I pay and the choices available for Coroner, Mr. Fowler gets my vote.
Mr. Fowler has my support as well. When looking at what a Coroner does, I would much rather have someone with his experience and expertise looking into death investigations. If one of my loved ones were to die suspiciouly, I think I would much rather have someone who has the expertise of working for the GBI for years and who has the compassion of working Ground Zero to be the person finding out what really happened and actually caring about it.
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