By Dan Spalding
WARSAW – Republicans will have at least three candidates to choose from when they select a new coroner for Kosciusko County.
Silver Lake Town Marshal Jason McGlennen has filed his intentions to run in the Republican caucus needed to fill the vacancy after Coroner Tony Ciriello was elected to Kosciusko County Council on Nov. 8.
McGlennen, 48, has been town marshal for more than five years, was a chief deputy for 15 years and a reserve for two years.
He was born in Warsaw and graduated from Warsaw Community High School.
He worked as a machinist for several years and eventually left his job at Biomet to begin a law enforcement career.
He said he views the coroner’s job as just another extension of law enforcement.
“It’s another side of the law enforcement circle, in my opinion. I’ve worked with the coroner’s office before on death investigations. I’d like to learn the other side of it and do the job.”
He’s a certified instructor with the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy and also provides training for emergency vehicle operations.
As a result of his work as town marshal, McGlennen said he’s familiar with the budgeting process and grant writing.
He’s also president of the Silver Lake Lions Club.
McGlennen will face Tyler Huffer and Tracy Wilson and more could still add their name to the mix. The deadline to file with the Kosciusko County Republican Party for the post is Nov. 28.
The caucus for coroner will be one of two county-related caucuses happening at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, in the old courtroom in the Kosciusko County Courthouse. The other opening is for county treasurer.