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New St. Tammany coroner sworn in, vows transparency

MANDEVILLE, LA (WVUE) -

St. Tammany's new coroner says the public can look forward to a new era of transparency.

Charles Preston took the oath of office Monday night, filling the remainder of Peter Galvan's term.

The political newcomer got into the race after watching the Galvan story unfold. Galvan sits in a federal prison after he pleaded guilty to misusing public money for personal gain. The plea came after a series of Lee Zurik investigations uncovered questionable spending at the coroner's office.

Preston said he felt an obligation to the parish to put his name out there, and he now has a new job to show for it. He said he's ready to take on the new challenge, and one of his goals is clearing up what he calls a big misconception about the office.

"The coroner's office wasn't embattled, the coroner was embattled," he said. "But they've been doing fine work here under the hardest of circumstances, and my goal now is to blow that cloud from over their head so they can continue to do the excellent work that they've been doing all this time."

Preston said he'll keep the coroner's office as open and transparent as possible to show St. Tammany voters what they're paying for.

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