Gov. Mark Sanford this afternoon appointed Sabrina Gast, coordinator of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners program at the Rock Hill Police Department, to serve as interim York County coroner.
Gast takes over the office from David Chambers, who has been managing the day-to-day operations since Sanford suspended elected Coroner Doug McKown on July 21.
McKown was suspended a day after a grand jury indicted him on charges of distribution of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a prescription drug. The indictments stem from an early May incident in which police say they have a video that shows McKown watching as his girlfriend makes a drug deal in York.
The suspension severed McKown from office until the charges are resolved.
For more on this story, see Wednesday's Herald.