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.
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.