Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan said his office is now fully staffed following the swearing in of a third deputy, a “homegrown boy from south Columbus,” earlier this month.
Trev Fuller was sworn in on Aug. 6 by Probate Court Judge Marc D’Antonio.
Fuller is a certified embalmer and funeral director and works in management at the Service Casket Company.
Bryan said he’s worked with Fuller for many years and knows him to be an honest, caring individual who has “served hundreds of families throughout his career.”
Bryan said his office has been strapped since Chief Deputy Coroner Freeman Worley went on medical leave a few weeks ago. Two coroners must be on call at any one time, so both Bryan and Deputy Coroner Charles Newton were working 24-hour shifts — and have been for the last 23 days, Bryan said.
“Death comes at any time and we have to be there,” Bryan said.
When Freeman returns, Fuller will be the back-up coroner, filling in during vacations and sick leave.
Fuller’s deputy position is not salaried. Instead, he will be paid per death investigation.
Last year, Bryan said there were 663 death investigations in Muscogee County.
Bryan said that Fuller’s training will continue through August.