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Coroner passes away at 74

(Danny Watson photo, via Duffy-Baier-Snedecor Funeral Home)

There is a vacancy in the Livingston County Coroner’s Office following the passing of Coroner Danny “Doc” Watson.

Watson died Sunday at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington at the age of 74. Funeral services are planned for this Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Pontiac with a visitation Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. also at the church. Watson is remembered for his many years with the Flanagan-Graymont Fire Protection District, the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office and Coroner’s Office.

By statute, the coroner vacancy should be filled within 60 days by appointment of the Chairperson of the County Board with the advice and consent of the board. The county released information Wednesday on the matter.

“The appointed individual shall be someone from the same political party (Republican), 18 years of age, shall be a United States citizen, resident of the county for 30 days and shall serve through Nov. 30, 2024,” said a press release from Livingston County.

The vacated position will be filled by election in the Primary Election on March 19, 2024 and the General Election on Nov. 5, 2024. An appointment will be announced by county board chairman James Carley at the Thursday, Dec. 14 Livingston County Board meeting.

Anyone interested in applying for the appointment is asked to submit a letter of interest no later than Tuesday, Dec. 5. The letter should be sent to: James Carley, Chairperson, County Board Office, 112 W. Madison Street, Pontiac, IL 61764.

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