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Kittitas County Coroner

The county coroner is responsible for conducting death investigations,  including inquests. While not common, the county coroner is also authorized by law to serve as the County Sheriff under certain conditions.

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    Nicholas (Nick) Henderson
    (Rep)

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    Deborah A. Robinson
    (I)

Biographical Information

What is your record of public service?

What do you see as the three most important issues facing the Coroner's office?

How will you address these issues?

What level of staffing do you see as necessary to carry out your job?

How do you plan to assure the public that your staff has the proper level of training for their jobs?

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Party Preference Independent
Phone (425) 343-3701
Experience (Max 500 characters) over 27 years experience as a medicolegal death investigator. Instructor at WA Criminal Justice Training Commission; Sudden & Unexpected Pediatric Death Investigations, published in JFS & Cambridge press. Trained over 6000 first responders, ABMDI , former Marine, former Deputy (R)
Campaign Mailing Address 2410 N ALDER ST.#16
ELLENSBURG, WA 98926
Campaign Phone 509-607-1657
Town where you live Ellensburg
I have served in many capacities including serving our country in the US Marine Corps. I also worked as a deputy reserve in the Snohomish County Sheriff Department & have taught women’s self- defense classes. I then went on to work with the SIDS Foundation (Sudden Infant Death) and served on national, state and local boards on pediatric death review investigations. I volunteered as a CASA worker to assist people during the complicated and trying life situations deal with the court system as their advocate. I served as a DV advocate in superior court helping victims with orders of protection. I was also a founding member of the DART program with my local police department, a domestic violence civilian response unit. I served in a ministry helping new moms get the help they needed. I also served on a county Women’s Advisory Board. My children wrestled and since I was an active PTA mom, volunteered and became the first female high school varsity wrestling coach in the state!
1) Accreditation: the office needs to be accredited and all that entails by 2026 or it will lose state funding – 2) Need for county cold storage 3) We have no county morgue or autopsy specific facility
Accreditation – We must be accredited by the International Association of Coroners & Medical Examiners by 2026 or face losing state funding. This is a process that requires evaluation of all our services and personnel to see that they meet established standards. I will work with my contacts in other counties to collaborate with them on sharing expertise and evaluate our procedures to be sure we meet certification requirements. I have been a death scene investigator for 27 years and know the varied aspects of dealing with investigations. Having run a non-profit agency, I know how to organize and manage. Funding for capital expenditures – I have grant writing experience and with my state and national contacts, I will reach out for grants to help us fund the aspects of the office that will help us meet certification. We have needs such as a body storage area that needs to be funded and there are grants to finance this that I will apply for. I will set the budget of this office
I will need to have full time investigators. Current staffing needs are on call out bases. The investigators go to crime scenes, traumatic scenes and need to be available 24/7. They need access to self-care and personal care during work hours. I need to keep the administrative officer who helps with the budgeting and scheduling and office management. Eventually with funding I would like to hire a grant writer to help us continue to improve the services to meet state and national standards.
I have spent my entire career training first responders on sudden pediatric death investigations. I will work with WACME (Washington Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners) and the International Association of Coroner’s & Medical Examiners of which I am a member to provide training opportunities through them and the Washington Criminal Justice Training Commission where I have taught a pediatric death investigation class for over 15 years . I have presented at international and national trainings and have taught over 6000 first responders on death scene investigations. I firmly believe medicolegal death investigators need to be viewed through a forensic lens. They should be on par with their paramedic counterparts and thus must train like them. A firefighter/paramedic train daily for the “what if’s” in the county, so should a death investigator. I have a plan to pilot a chaplain project to be operated out of the Coroners office, have fitness & tactical defense program