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  • In the United States, death investigation is not uniform and there are varying systems.
  • Some states are considered “Coroner states” where they have Coroners that are elected to their position.
  • Other states are considered “Medical Examiner states” where the death investigation system is head by qualified forensic pathologists.
  • Even other states have a mixed system comprised of Coroners and Medical Examiners.
    • Most would agree the ideal system is the Medical Examiner system like what is done in states such as New Mexico and Utah.
    • The Coroner system of death investigation can have its problems primarily due to the possibility of unqualified people being elected Coroner.
  • Colorado is a “Coroner state” and each county has an elected Coroner.
  • In essence, each county in Colorado has its own death investigation system and the quality of each counties system varies.
  • Want to run for the elected position of Mesa County Coroner?
    • One need only be over the age of 18 years old.
    • Registered to vote in Mesa County.
    • Not be a felon.
  • Mesa County was fortunate to have a highly qualified board-certified forensic pathologist as their elected Coroner (Dr. Havlik) before he was term limited from office at the beginning of 2019.
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