Ga. coroner resigns amid questions over spending

Ga. coroner resigns amid questions over spending

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SAVANNAH, Ga. -

The longtime coroner for Savannah and surrounding Chatham County has resigned after an audit questioned more than $200,000 in expenses billed to the county over the last decade.

The Savannah Morning News reports Dr. James C. Metts Jr. resigned on Dec. 14, barely a month after winning re-election. The 81-year-old coroner cited his age and personal circumstances.

The newspaper reported Sunday that Chatham County officials ordered an audit of Metts' expenses over the summer. A draft report last month showed Metts was reimbursed $46,930 over 18 months to pay a secretary, though no such position existed. Other expenses billed to the county included insurance for personal automobiles and a $1,638 payment to the county Republican Party.

The newspaper says it contacted Metts and he declined to comment.

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