- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2020

LAURENS, S.C. (AP) - A person familiar with the workings of the Laurens County Coroner’s Office has been chosen to lead the office and finish the term of Nick Nichols, who died Dec. 2.

In an executive order signed Monday, Gov. Henry McMaster followed the recommendation of Laurens County’s legislative delegation and formally named Chief Deputy Coroner Vickie Cheek to the top coroner’s post, The Index-Journal reported.

“I appreciate your willingness to continue serving the people of Laurens County in this new position, and I look forward to following your tenure as Coroner with great interest,” McMaster wrote in a letter to cheek.

Cheek, in an email to reporters, thanked McMaster and lawmakers for the opportunity. She said she would “focus my energy on serving our community well and carrying on the legacy of high standards Mr. Nichols has left behind.”

Cheek, who has worked in the coroner’s office for nearly two decades, has not decided whether she’ll run for a full term, saying she is “praying on the decision.” Filing in the 2020 race opens March 16.

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