Calhoun County coroner indicted on charge of using office for personal gain


Coroner Pat Brown


Calhoun County Coroner Pat Brown has been indicted on a felony charge of using his position for personal gain.

Brown, 49, was booked into the Etowah County Jail at 1:03 p.m. Monday, jail records show, and released at 1:08 p.m. His bond was set at $5,000.

According to court records, an Etowah County grand jury issued the indictment on Sept. 6. The indictment was made public Monday following Brown’s booking into the county jail.

According to the indictment, the wrongdoing is alleged to have happened at Gadsden State Community College where he has served as the EMS program director. It was unclear Monday night if he still serves at GSCC.

The indictment reads that during his employment at Gadsden State, Brown “did intentionally use or cause to be used equipment, time, material, human labor or other public property under his discretion or control for the private benefit or business benefit of the public official or public employee or any person which would materially affect his financial interest.”

No further details were provided.

According to his campaign literature, Brown is a graduate of Jacksonville State University with a degree in Occupational Safety and Health as well as a degree in Industrial Technology Management. He has also obtained his National Certification in the emergency medical field of paramedicine and has been working in the medical field for over 25 years.

Brown was first elected coroner in 2006 and took office in 2007.