Newton County’s controversial coroner has hired a Fayetteville attorney to defend her against an effort by the county to remove her from office.
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Newton County’s controversial coroner has informed Newton County Commission Chairman Marcello Banes that she expects the county to pay for her legal defense against the county’s efforts to have her removed from office.
After just 29 days into a four-year term, Newton County Coroner Dorothea Baily-Butts is facing a petition to have her removed from office.
Newton County’s new coroner presented a litany of complaints to the Board of Commissioners at the board’s Jan. 19 meeting, claiming that the county has not provided the supplies, equipment and funding she needs to do her job.
Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown won a fourth term in office in Tuesday night’s General Election balloting.
Dorothea Bailey-Butts is well aware that it’s a bit unusual to see a registered nurse campaigning for the elected office of coroner, but it’s not as curious as it might seem.
Melanie Bell and Shannon Sneed were the only candidates in the race for the Newton County Magistrate and Probate Judge office, so Bell’s victory in Tuesday’s primary election virtually guarantees a seat on the bench in January.