Rio Grande County Is Looking For Community Minded Citizens
For the Following County Appointed Boards:

Rio Grande Water Conservation District-to Represent East side of Rio Grande County
Rio Grande County Planning and Zoning Commission
Rio Grande County Board of Adjustment
Rio Grande County Tourism Board
Rio Grande Fair Board
If you are an engaged individual interested in a way to serve your community please provide a letter of interest to the Rio Grande County Board of County Commissioners, 925 6th Street, Room 207, Del Norte, CO. 81132. Positions will remain open until filled. 

Rio Grande County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) will be appointing an individual to fill the current vacancy for the elected position of County Coroner.  BOCC will be accepting letters of interest for anyone wishing to be considered for the position. Submit letter to: Rio Grande County Board of County Commissioners, 925 6th St. Rm 207, Del Norte, CO 81132 or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Deadline for letters of interest: Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 12:00 pm.  Date to appoint Rio Grande County Coroner: Monday, March 27, 2017 

The Rio Grande BOCC are designated in the Colorado Constitution, Section 9, to fill the vacancy of the coroner office by appointment, and that person so appointed shall hold office until the next “general election”. The next general election will be in 2018.

Minimum Qualifications
Anyone wishing to be considered for the position must:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen;
  • Be a resident of Rio Grande County for one year prior to appointment;
  • Be an eligible elector of Rio Grande County;
  • Be at least eighteen years old;
  • Have earned a high school diploma, or its equivalent, or a college degree; and
  • Submit proof of a complete set of fingerprints taken by a qualified law enforcement agency.
  • State law encourages candidates for the office of coroner to possess knowledge and experience in the medical-legal investigation of death. Coroners are also encouraged to participate in programs that provide education and training. Statue indicates that the coroner will become a certified death investigator through the Colorado Coroners Association within one year of taking office.

County Coroner Responsibilities
Responsibilities of the County Coroner include:

  • Establish the cause and manner of death;
  • Pronounce death and determine what time the death occurred;
  • Scene investigation;
  • Take custody of the body;
  • Identification and notification of next of kin;
  • Discovery of remains;
  • Death certificates;
  • Provision and coordination of mass fatality response activities in emergencies/disasters;
  • Provide information and work closely with other local, state, and federal agencies, local physicians, hospitals, care giver facilities, law enforcement agencies, district attorneys, public defenders, private attorneys, and insurance companies; and
  • Establish necessary policies per statute to operate the office.


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