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Hasting looks to capture coroner’s office

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Election 2014

By Thomas Barr

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - Tim Hasting has always wanted to serve his community.

This year, Hasting has thrown his name into the ring as a candidate for the office of coroner.

Hasting, 39, will run in the Republican primary in May. He will face incumbent David Billings.

In his ninth year of service at Hardy-Close Funeral Home in Shepherdsville, Hasting said he has gotten to know the community and believes there needs to be a change in office of coroner.

The 1992 graduate of Bullitt Central High said that the coroner’s office should be as independent as possible from an individual’s funeral home.

With the county government furnishing an office for the coroner, Hasting said families should never be placed on the spot during a horrific event.

He said they should have to worry about funeral arrangements at such a traumatic moment.

“There is a time and a place,” said Hasting.

At an early age, Hasting pursued a nursing career due to his desire to help people in a compassionate way.

Later, he would complete mortuary school and completed his apprenticeship under Morris Proffitt of Shepherdsville.

With that desire to help others, Hasting said he decided to make another run at the coroner’s office. He lost in the primary in 2010 to incumbent Tommy Kappel, who would then lose to Billings in the general election.

In terms of plans for the office, Hasting said the independence from the funeral home is very important.

Also, he would like to improve investigation techniques.