What Does The Coroner Do ?
Every County Coroner in Illinois is primarily responsible for identifying the manner and cause of death for every person who dies in the county. Most people die of natural causes due to age or health factors, but some lives end due to unknown causes or obvious traumatic injuries. The Coroner is responsible for conducting a thorough cause of death investigation for the purposes of possible criminal prosecution for manslaughter or homicide, to establish the absence of foul play, and to identify any threats to the health of the Lake County population.
Why I’m Running
I am a medical professional who has worked in the field as a forensic odontologist in death investigations and victim identification all over the United States. Lake County needs a medical professional experienced in forensics who can also serve as an efficient administrator. Lake County taxpayers should expect the same level of public service competence from the Coroner as they would with any public official, and that means excellent service by qualified people delivered efficiently and professionally. My main focus, however, is death prevention. That’s what our children need and what’s very important to me, as a father of five.
Why Change Is Needed
Coroner’s Office employees have a difficult job to do. For too long the dedicated employees of the Lake County Coroner’s Office have worked in an environment that lacks leadership and professionalism by their leadership. Instead of coming to work focused on their jobs, employees are worried about the political agenda of their superiors and safety of themselves and their jobs. There is no room for this. Employees need to focus on doing their jobs and helping the citizens of Lake County.
We need to institute the highest levels of leadership and professionalism in the Coroner’s Office. We need to talk about death prevention; creating new programs that will become the model for other Coroners to follow. We need Lake County to lead the nation in how the Coroner’s Office can give back to it’s citizens, all while staying fiscally responsible to the people.