Stark County’s new acting Coroner Dr. Anthony Bertin has already been working for the office for a long time.
CANTON Stark County’s new coroner is not new to the office.
And he’s already getting ready to leave his private practice behind.
“I’m working part-time now, so it won’t be that hard to transition out,” said Dr. Anthony Bertin, a urologist in Stark County for 34 years.
Bertin was retiring Coroner Dr. P.S. Murthy’s chief deputy and served as deputy coroner for former Coroner James Pritchard for several years. In recent years, Murthy had asked Bertin to take over should Murthy become ill during his tenure.
Bertin took his oath of office on Wednesday, pledging to fulfill the term vacated by Murthy’s retirement.
With nearly two dozen family members, friends, co-workers and employees present, Bertin was sworn in by Stark County Common Pleas Judge Chryssa Hartnett before county Commissioners Janet Weir Creighton and Bill Smith.
His first official day as acting coroner was Saturday. The commissioners appointed him in that capacity until he can run for the office in 2018.
Creighton, a Republican, thanked the absent Murthy, a Democrat, for his service.
Then she told the group that, “We don’t operate like they do in Washington, D.C. I sat down with the Stark County Democratic chairman and I know it is their desire to appoint Dr. Bertin and it is only in good government that we made the same choice. This was not done by party. It was done by consent and by cooperation and communication. So I think that serves us well.”
She congratulated Bertin, shook his hand, told him the commissioners look forward to working with him and, to a chuckling crowd, told him jokingly, “Don’t spend too much money.”
“I am privileged to assume this responsibility and I intend to do an admirable job,” Bertin said, smiling.
Bertin was first appointed deputy coroner by Pritchard in the late 1980s and continued under…