Ottawa County’s coroner hasn’t been on the job and his deputy coroner has been handling the elected office duties.
The medical office staff of Dr. Daniel Cadigan of Catawba Island confirmed Tuesday he is out of the office for six weeks for personal reasons. Cadigan’s deputy coroner, Dr. David Bodie of Port Clinton, is handling coroner’s calls in his absence, the staff member said.
Cadigan, whose private number is not listed in the telephone book, wasn’t available for further comment.
Bodie’s staff at Port Clinton Medical Associates later confirmed Bodie had been tapped to temporarily handle the coroner’s cases. Bodie was not available for comment either. He was not scheduled to be in the office Tuesday and would not be available until next week, staff said.
The notice regarding the temporary change of guard was given to the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department sometime in late May, said Jim Lucas, the department’s communications supervisor.
Dan Laity, chairman of the Ottawa County Democratic Committee, said he had not been made aware of any issues regarding the coroner’s absence. “I saw him a couple of weeks ago and wished him well,” Laity said.
And even if he did know the reason behind Cadigan’s decision he would not comment, Laity said. “I would not feel comfortable commenting on his personal business,” he added. “You need to talk to him.”
Cadigan, a local physician for 17 years, took over the coroner’s job after defeating Jerome McTague in the November 2012 general election.
He based his campaign on the coroner’s office needing to respond to requests and to timely complete and file documents.
Shortly after taking office, Cadigan appointed a coroner’s staff, including deputy coroner Bodie. Access to a deputy coroner had been severely lacking in 2012, he noted in the campaign. The rest of the appointed staff include investigators Carl Rider and Joe Vidal, both of whom have served with local law enforcement in various jobs for years.