CROWN POINT | David Pastrick will be leaving as second in command at the Lake County coroner's office later this summer.
Coroner Merrilee Frey publicly thanked Pastrick on Thursday for services over the past 10 months. She said he intends to return to his family business and that she has scheduled a news conference for Aug. 5 to announce her next chief deputy coroner.
Pastrick, a son of former East Chicago Mayor Robert Pastrick, was twice elected coroner and served in the office from 2002 to 2009, when he stepped down because of term limits.
He returned last September to provide Frey with on-the-job experience when the county's first female coroner was thrust into office after the abrupt departure of her predecessor, Thomas Philpot.
A U.S. District Court jury convicted former Coroner Philpot of public corruption charges that he stole federal child support incentive funds he controlled when he was county clerk. That felony conviction resulted in his immediate loss of public office.
Pastrick stood by Frey's side at almost every public appearance she made before the Lake County Council for financial policy as well as the Board of Commissioners on hiring and other administrative matters.
"It's been an honor to have him in the office to make the transition, but he made it clear when he joined the office it would be temporary," she said, adding Pastrick had a hand in selecting his replacement and will remain a short time to help train him.
Pastrick, a graduate of the Worsham College of Mortuary Science, has been a licensed funeral director since 1987 and manager of the family-owned Oleska-Pastrick Funeral Home in East Chicago.
Pastrick couldn't be reached Thursday for comment.
Pastrick's departure follows that of Jessica Metros, who served as Frey's administrative assistant between October 2012 and last month. Frey said Metros left for an administrative job in the medical field.