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Bowen sworn in as Richmond County coroner

Saturday, March 1, 2014 6:28 PM
Last updated Tuesday, March 4, 2014 1:55 AM
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More than two months after former Richmond Coun­ty Coroner Grover Tuten was arrested on a theft charge, new Coroner Mark Bow­en said he is ready to build back trust in the office he inherited.

Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen poses next to a cross he stenciled at the corner of Walton Way and Malverne Lane due to a fatal car accident. Bowen, the chief deputy coroner under former Richmond County Coroner Grover Tuten, was sworn in by Richmond Coun­ty Probate Judge Harry B. James III at the Augusta Ju­di­cial Center on Saturday. He will serve the rest of Tuten's four-year term, which began in 2012.  FILE/STAFF
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Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen poses next to a cross he stenciled at the corner of Walton Way and Malverne Lane due to a fatal car accident. Bowen, the chief deputy coroner under former Richmond County Coroner Grover Tuten, was sworn in by Richmond Coun­ty Probate Judge Harry B. James III at the Augusta Ju­di­cial Center on Saturday. He will serve the rest of Tuten's four-year term, which began in 2012.

Bowen, the chief deputy coroner under Tuten, was sworn in by Richmond Coun­ty Probate Judge Harry B. James III at the Augusta Ju­di­cial Center on Saturday. He will serve the rest of Tuten’s four-year term, which began in 2012.

Tuten, 70, who worked for the coroner’s office for more than 36 years, was arrested Dec. 20. He has pleaded not guilty to eight counts of theft and five counts of violation of oath of office.

Tuten resigned Feb. 20, allowing officials to appoint his successor.

“We’re going to work to get the people’s trust back,” Bowen said. “We’re going to let them know that we are here for them and that we’re going to do things right. We’re going to make sure nothing like this ever happens again.”

Bowen, a 14-year veteran of the coroner’s office, said he has already implemented policy changes that increase the accountability of the office when it comes to handling of property left behind by the deceased.

Kenneth Boose, who was named chief deputy coroner Sat­ur­day, said the office is also looking to implement a program to benefit at-risk youth in the community.

Boose said he has faith in Bo­wen, who is one of five district directors for the Georgia Coro­ner’s Association and was awarded the Harry Pip­pin Award by the association in 2010.

“He knows what the job entails,” Boose said. “I’m looking forward to it. I think we’re in for a good ride.”

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IBeDogGone
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IBeDogGone 03/01/14 - 06:36 pm
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Good Move Richmond Co

It is good to see closure to who will lead in this important role and move the department to the future. I hope all of the county will embrace this positive move.

my.voice
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my.voice 03/02/14 - 08:32 am
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Mark is good people, Richmond

Mark is good people, Richmond County is in good hands.

pictureperfect77
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pictureperfect77 03/03/14 - 07:59 am
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Good News

I've interacted with Mr. Bowen and have always had good experiences and figured he would be elected as Coroner one day. I'd trust him with my family member's personal effects. Glad to see something positive come out of this mess.

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