Finnerty hired as Lake County chief deputy coroner
By Matt Mikus firstname.lastname@example.org July 31, 2013 11:10PM
Dave Bartman/Post-Tribune Leo Finnerty, chief of detectives for the Hobart Police Department, briefs the news media about a multilple murder scene on the town's west side on 04/05/05. 3 victims were found dead and 2 others wounded at 3808 Alabama Street early Tuesday morning.
Updated: September 3, 2013 7:22AM
CROWN POINT — The Lake County Coroner’s Office announced Wednesday that longtime investigator Leo Finnerty will join the office as the new chief deputy coroner.
Finnerty has served nearly 30 years as an officer and detective in the Hobart Police Department, with an extensive background in criminal investigations. He was assistant chief about six months.
“We have nothing but great things to say about Leo,” said Jeremy Ogden, a Hobart spokesman. “He’s been a great supervisor and an amazing mentor to so many people here.”
Finnerty, who retired from the Hobart force in 2007, attended the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy and the Federal Bureau of Investigations Academy in Quantico, Va.
“Our plan is to utilize the professional skills of Chief Finnerty in Homicide Investigations to instruct coroner staff employees,” Coroner Merrilee Frey said, “helping them to develop additional skills with their investigations.”
Finnerty has also served as police chief for Purdue Unviersity Calumet and lectured at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy.
He replaces David Pastrick, who served in the position for 10 months in Frey’s administration and was elected twice to the office before stepping down in 2009 because of term limits.
Frey said she and Pastrick chose Finnerty together.