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Weld County officials seek new coroner

Catherine Sweeney
csweeney@greeleytribune.com

A new coroner is coming to town.

The Board of Weld County Commissioners conducted interviews Thursday afternoon. There are three candidates officials say.

The coroner oversees and sometimes conducts autopsies for unnatural deaths, such as those resulting from homicides or accidents.

Current coroner Mark Ward plans to transition from the office slowly instead of retiring suddenly, said Commissioner Chairman Mike Freeman.

"He's going to stay on as a deputy," he said. "We're going to go ahead and bring in a new coroner."

The interviews for three finalists took place Thursday and commissioners will decide whether any of them make the cut in the coming weeks.

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"We're not in any hurry, Freeman said. "Mark's not going anywhere."

Dozens of applicants tried for the job, and officials narrowed it down to about 10.

A hiring committee, which featured representatives from the sheriff's and district attorney's offices, narrowed it down to the three.

Commissioners will discuss the interviews in the work session and appoint the new coroner during a board meeting.

"I would assume that it would probably be sometime in the next month," Freeman said.

Weld County's coroner acts as a medical examiner and a manager. The coroner's office employs seven people full time and contracts examiners. Its share of county expenditures is usually about $900,000, according to county budget documents.

Ward was appointed in 2011. He had been working in the office since 2002, according to his LinkedIn profile. He wasn't available for comment.

Freeman said that Ward seems to be ready to wind down and reduce his of responsibility and work-related stress, but he's not ready to leave.

This is common practice, he said.

"I think he's done a great a job and we're happy he's going to stay and help with the transition."