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Gober announces candidacy for county coroner

Published 6:56pm Friday, March 14, 2014

Joe Neal Gober is announcing his candidacy for the office of Tallapoosa County Coroner.

Gober, 38-year-old father of two girls, is a republican and an owner of Gober Plumbing, with more than two decades of experience as a firefighter.

“I’ve been the fire chief at Reeltown for the last 15 years. My family started the fire department in Reeltown and I’ve been in the department for a total of 24 years, also with medical experience,” Gober said.

Gober said one of the first things he wants to do if he is elected to the office of county coroner is take steps to speed up the process of response from the coroner’s office.


“My biggest thing is that I want to speed up the process of waiting on a coroner. As of now, sometimes on our end of the county to come from Alex City, and I know it doesn’t take three hours to come from Alex City,” Gober said. “As coroner, I would want to have a deputy coroner in all sectors of the county. Like the sheriff’s department has an A,B and C sector, I want to have it where I will be in one sector and a deputy in the other two sectors.”

Gober added another step he would take in the coroner’s office is to move to a paperless system in order streamline a number of processes.

“Like the state is suggesting, I want to make everything paperless. The state is suggesting paperless, but our coroner still uses paper, so death certificates take a lot more time to get to you,” Gober said. “I think everything should be paperless, and I want to update everything to make things go a lot smoother. I feel like I can also work with the public as good, if not better, than the coroner we have now.”

Gober said he hopes to run a clean, fair and honest campaign with his opponent, but feels it is time to make changes in the coroner’s office.

“I feel like I can do a better job, and I feel like it’s time for a change – a change for the better,” Gober said. “I’m a republican. I just feel like it’s time for someone else to take on that job.”