SLIDELL, Louisiana — St. Tammany Parish has a new coroner.
The parish council on Thursday appointed Dr. Pramod Menon (prah-MOHD' MEN'-ahn) to serve as interim coroner.
Menon takes over for Dr. Peter Galvan, who recently resigned and pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges. In April, St. Tammany voters will choose someone to fill the remainder of Galvan's term.
Before resigning, Galvan had been under a harsh media spotlight for months following reports of lavish spending and the federal investigation.
Menon is a partner at Cardiovascular Associates in Covington and is part of the Louisiana Heart Hospital Physician Group in Lacombe. He is also vice-chief of staff at Lakeview Regional Medical Center.