Last week I attended a three-day conference in Colorado Springs sponsored by the Colorado Coroner’s Association.
This is a professional group of men and women who serve communities throughout the state of Colorado in various functions, including coroners, deputy coroners, state and local law enforcement personal, forensic pathologists, and many who are first responders to critical incidents.
After attending training sessions which included; Fire Death, Homicidal Drowning, Disaster Response and Care, and Pediatric Abuse and Death; several important facts and observations have become very clear to me. While some of the duties of a county coroner may only require several hours per month, there are many types of incidents that would require not only hours, but days should they occur.
My present duties and ministry to St. Patrick’s Church in Telluride and Our Lady of Sorrows in Nucla are a full-time commitment to me. And so being very realistic, should some of the critical incidents or multiple critical incidents that are possible take place, I do not believe I could serve the office of county coroner, while at the same time fulfilling my obligation and ministry to the church.
For this reason I am asking that my name be removed from the election ballot as county coroner. I want to thank all of you who have supported me in this endeavor. Since most of the contributions that have been donated for my campaign have been spent, I am able to either return a portion of your original contribution to you or with your permission I will donate the balance of your contribution to the Telluride Food Pantry.
Again, thank you for your time and support; I hope to continue offering compassion and support to those who are in need.
– Deacon Michael Doehrman, Telluride