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Weld County commissioners appoint Carl Blesch as county coroner

Tyler Silvy
tsilvy@greeleytribune.com

Carl Blesch

Weld County Commissioners on Wednesday voted to appoint Carl Blesch as the coroner, replacing Mark Ward, who has been with the county since 2002.

Blesch was the senior chief deputy coroner for Jefferson County from 2011-13, and was director of special projects for the First Judicial District Attorney's Office in Jefferson County from 2013-16, according to information provided by Weld County spokeswoman Jennifer Finch.

Blesch has a bachelor's degree in political science and psychology from Wittenberg University in Ohio, a professional degree as a physician assistant from Kettering College of Medical Arts in Ohio, a master's degree of medical science from St. Francis University in Pennsylvania and completed the medicolegal death investigation course at St. Louis University's Death Investigation program in Missouri.

Blesch's salary with Weld County wasn't immediately available.

Ward plans to retire at some point in the future. In the meantime, he will serve as chief deputy coroner for the county. Ward was appointed in 2011, and has worked for the coroner's office since 2002.

The county initially posted the position Sept. 9, 2016, keeping the application window open for a month.

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Weld County in the early 2000s went away from an elected coroner position to a position the Board of County Commissioners would appoint. The last elected coroner was Scott Anthony, who served from 1995-2003. During Wednesday’s meeting, Commissioner Sean Conway said Blesch was a perfect example of the type of expertise the county intended to capture in moving to an appointed coroner position.

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