Pulaski County Sheriff Jimmy Bench is now acting as County Coroner until a new coroner is appointed by the governor.

Presiding Commissioner Gene Newkirk told the Daily Guide that the Republican and Democratic Central Committees would be putting up candidates for appointment by the governor and the governor would be choosing from those.

In response to a question about how long that would take, Newkirk said that it could take as long as six months and that it's completely at the discretion of the governor.

The Daily Guide heard from the Pulaski County Republican and Democratic Central Committees Thursday about how they would be going about nominating candidates.

The republicans sent the Daily Guide a press release to inform the public that they would be submitting a recommendation to the governor for the remainder of Gary Carmack's term as coroner. The republicans plan to meet Monday, Nov. 13 at 5 p.m. at the Pulaski County Courthouse and will be accepting resumes from individuals interested in consideration for the position at that time.

"Resumes and coversheets may be submitted in advance to Committee Chair Dennis Thornsberry: dennisthornsberry@reagan.com," the press release stated.

The republicans would like to "suggest that individuals interested in receiving the recommendation appear in person at the courthouse meeting."

The democrats told the Daily Guide they will be meeting Wednesday, Nov. 15 to consider people who have approached them for consideration. However, they will only be discussing the matter.

According to a representative of the Democratic Central Committee, they may open it up and look at other people, but will be discussing the individuals who have already approached the committee about the coroner position.

The democrats also plan to evaluate the way they do things and consider changes in their process.

The Daily Guide will continue to follow this story as it develops.