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Marion County Coroner Tom Nicolay Retires

By WJBD News

Friends and those who worked with retiring Marion County Coroner Tom Nicolay over his 60 year tenure first with the Sandoval Fire Department and later the Coroner's office said their goodbyes during a Sunday open house at the Sandoval Community Center.  

Nicolay says one thing has always stood out over the past six decades.  "What I think is why the public has supported me.  They've supported me in three different public jobs that I've had and I can't express enough the gratitude that I've had for the way they have supported me", said Nicolay.  

Nicolay says it's time to retire following a career that stretches back into the 1950's.  "I started in the water department with the village of Sandoval, and then in 1959 I joined the volunteer fire department and was a volunteer until 1988 when I became full time.  I was chief for 26-years and we did start the EMS service in Sandoval.  I retired from the department in 1998 in come to the coroner's office", said Nicolay.

The emergency medical program developed by Nicolay was later used as a model for other fire departments around the state.  Nicolay first worked as deputy coroner from 1983 to 1994 and then was elected coroner in 1994.  He was presented a plaque of appreciation for his work in the coroner's office by his deputy and the county's next coroner Troy Cannon.  

Nicolay honored his other deputy, Roger Sutherland, who is retiring after 16 years in the position.  Sutherland joked he had agreed to be a deputy when Nicolay said he only planned to serve for one term. 

Cannon was sworn in as the coroner in ceremonies before Judge Mark Stedelin Monday morning.   

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