The Westmoreland County Coroner’s Office has a new chief deputy.

Newly elected coroner Tim Carson announced Monday that he has named Scottdale funeral director James Jacquillard as his second in command. Jacquillard, 50, has been a licensed funeral director for 28 years. He is a funeral supervisor and director with Graft-Jacquillard Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc. of Scottdale.

“He’s a great candidate and I’m really excited about this hire,” Carson said.

Carson said he has known Jacquillard since they were young and went to church together. Both are graduates of Southmoreland High School.

“We grew up together in the same town at the same time,” said Carson, who still lives in their hometown and runs a restaurant business.

Jacquillard attended the University of California, Pennsylvania and the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, where he earned a degree in funeral service management. He is a member of the Westmoreland, Indiana and Armstrong County Funeral Directors Association and the Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association and serves on the Board of Directors of the Regional Family YMCA of Laurel Highlands.

Jacquillard’s annual salary will be $56,116. He replaces former Deputy Chief Kirk Nolan, who has resigned.

Carson, a first-term Republican, took office in early January after his victory last fall in which he ousted Democrat Ken Bacha, who had served as coroner for two decades. Carson said he expects to hire at least one more deputy coroner in the coming days. The office lost 40% of its full-time staff in February after Nolan resigned and longtime deputy coroner John Ackerman retired.

Bacha’s entire staff, which included five full-time assistants and six part-time positions, was initially retained by Carson to oversee death investigations in the county. The office is staffed 24 hours a day.

“I conducted interviews last week, and the other guys have taken over and they’re doing a hell of a job,” Carson said.

Rich Cholodofsky is a staff writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Rich at 724-830-6293, [email protected] or via Twitter .


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