MACON, Ga. – The Georgia Coroners Association selected Lumpkin County’s Frank Goss to receive its Deputy Coroner of the Year Award at the association’s fall meeting at the Macon Marriott City Center Saturday.
“I have been honored to have received this award. Working with the Coroner’s office and the citizens of Lumpkin County has given me the opportunity to give a comforting word to a grieving family that has lost a loved one and to give them the support they need to get through this most difficult time of their lives.”
Goss became Lumpkin County’s interim coroner in 2016 when the former Coroner Ronald Fortner was indicted on 18 felony charges. The interim title was removed following Fortner’s conviction. Despite the turmoil that engulfed the office at the time, Goss provided steady leadership and managed the operation and caseload without the assistance of a subordinate.
When Jim Sheppard was elected coroner last year, Goss agreed to remain as Chief Deputy Coroner.
Sheppard, who nominated Goss for the award, said, “I am extremely proud of the work our Chief Deputy provides the citizens of Lumpkin County and I’m happy to see that the Georgia Coroners Association recognizes the hard work Mr. Goss is involved in. His commitment to the people of Lumpkin County is a testament to the ongoing efforts of the coroner’s office to provide a much needed service.”
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