I am announcing my candidacy for the office of Garfield County Coroner – Republican. In my 11 years as a Garfield County Sheriff’s Deputy, four of which have been as a criminal investigator, I have realized the importance of a thorough and comprehensive medicolegal death investigation.
The coroner has a duty to treat the deceased and their surviving loved ones with dignity, care, respect, and compassion. As your Coroner, I will insure that the Deputy Coroners and I will fulfill this duty.
I have hundreds of hours in classroom training attendance to include homicide investigations, interview and interrogation, evidence collection, victim’s rights issues, child abuse, child death investigations, and sexual assault investigations. I have also attended the Medicolegal Death Investigator Training Course located at the St. Louis Department of Pathology. A course that is attended by medicolegal death investigators nationwide.
Compounding my classroom training is the practical experience in investigating all types of death investigations to include the death investigations of children, adults, homicides, suicides, natural deaths, and accidental deaths.
The one common factor in each death investigation was that the deceased had somebody who cared for them, loved them, and felt emptiness when their loved one passed. Whether it is the infant who died way too early or the grandmother that died in her sleep at a hundred years.
I have many concerns about the Coroner’s Office but my primary issue with Coroner Trey Holt is that he is an absentee elected official earning $44,000 while on call Deputy Coroners are paid a set figure (I’ve been told it is $125.00) to respond to death investigations, regardless if they spend one hour on the call or eight. Mr. Holt does not respond to death investigations as an elected Coroner should. When polling law enforcement around the county I have not been able to find anyone who has said Mr. Holt has responded to a death investigation in the capacity of a Coroner. Some have said that the last time they saw Mr. Holt at a death investigation was the Pitkin Airport Crash of 2001 or the Storm King Fire of 1994. No one was able to say that they had seen him respond to a Coroner’s case in his current term (2011 – 2015) or his previous term (2007 – 2011). This is unacceptable for a Coroner’s Office where the Coroner is the only employee. (Garfield County 2014 Proposed Budget)
As Coroner, I will be an involved leader at the Coroner’s Office. I will insure that Deputy Coroners are properly trained, equipped, and have the aptitude to carry out the mission of the Coroner’s Office. Deputy Coroners and I will complete thorough reports, thorough medicolegal death investigations, and appropriate follow up. I will insure that Deputy Coroners are knowledgeable about the laws that give the Coroner and Deputy Coroners jurisdiction in death investigations and what their limitations are. I will work with law enforcement agencies and the District Attorney’s office to insure that death investigations are investigated correctly by personally responding too many of the death investigations in which the Coroner’s Office is required to investigate.
Please visit my Facebook webpage at www.facebook.com/VoteforRobGlassmire , call me at (970) 309-0821, or email me at Rob@VoteforRobGlassmire.com I look forward to the opportunity to serve Garfield County as Coroner.
Rob Glassmire BIO
- I was Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan. I am 33 years old.
- I was raised in the Kalamazoo Area until joining the Marine Corps Reserve in 1999 and moving to Colorado in 2000.
- While serving as a Marine Corps Reservist, I began my career with the Sheriff’s Office in September 2002.
- In March 2002, I was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom serving in a Mortuary Affairs Unit in Iraq. (The mission of the Mortuary Affairs Unit was to “leave no Marine behind” making sure that all Marines –or other service members – killed in Iraq were brought home to their family.
- In 2005, I fulfilled my Active Reserve requirement and in 2007, I was honorably discharged at the rank of Sergeant.
- In 2006 I married my wife, Keri. We now have three children and live in Battlement Mesa.
- I currently am active in my community serving as PTO President for my kids’ school, I am a newly appointed board of director to the fire protection district, a newly elected board member to my homeowner’s association, and I also serve on the Victim Assistance and Law Enforcement Board – A position that is appointed by the Chief Judge of the 9th Judicial District.