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Monday, September 26, 2022 3:46 PM

Mental Health Monday

This last week, the Board of Health and Board of County Commissioners made history by declaring September Suicide Prevention Month in Larimer County. I was honored to represent the Coroner's Office at the formal proclamation.

Suicide has been a very big part of my life. Having served in combat, I have seen too many young servicemen and women take their own lives. In my 13 years of service at the Larimer County Coroner's Office, I have cared for hundreds of families who have been shattered by suicide.

The Coroner's Office can play a role in Suicide Prevention. I have a vision for how our office can actually save lives. Please remember that we, as citizens, need to be alert and aware of how those around us are doing.


Friday, September 23, 2022 3:45 PM

Family Friday

I came home from work two days ago and my youngest son told me he wanted to show me something he had been working on. I sat down at our counter and this is what he brought me. It has been a real eye opener to watch my kids rally around this campaign and be so involved. They care about the mission!

I have communicated the same thing to them throughout this process: we can control what we can control. We get out there and work harder than anyone. The rest is not up to us. I am grateful to have had a team in my corner to pick me up along this long road. I hope that when they look back on these moments years from now, they will be motivated to be active in their community and to never quit and never give up.


Wednesday, September 21, 2022 3:43 PM

Endorsement Wednesday

Hello Larimer County. Today I want to share the endorsement of the Former Coroner of both Weld and Jefferson Counties. Carl Blesch is well-known in the Coroner community and I worked with him for several years as he served Weld County.

Years ago, I worked a Medicolegal Death Investigator for the Weld County Coroner's Office. It means a great deal to have some many leaders from the Coroner community supporting me.


Tuesday, September 20, 2022 3:40 PM

Shop Talk Tuesday

For the last many years, our elected Coroner has been a Forensic Pathologist. When Dr. Wilkerson announced that he was not running for re-election, I realized we would need to build a position within the county for a doctor.

Building the position was the easy part. Finding, recruiting, and interviewing an out of state doctor was not an easy task. However, as the Chief Deputy Coroner of the office, I worked tirelessly to ensure that the citizens of Larimer County would be served well into the future by a premier physician.

On August 1, Dr. Joe White started at the Larimer County Coroner's Office! He has been an amazing addition to the Coroner team. This photo is of the Administrative Matters meeting where I introduced Dr. White to the Board of County Commissioners.

I have been a very active Chief Deputy with concrete results to show for my work. To see over 50 innovations I have brought to the Coroner's Office, please visit the Innovative Solutions tab of this website.

 


Tuesday, September 20, 2022 3:39 PM

Weld County Sheriff's Deputy Alexis Hein-Nutz

I am shocked to learn of the death of Weld County Sheriff's Deputy Alexis Hein-Nutz. From the staff of the Larimer County Coroner's Office, we give our deepest condolences to her family and to her WCSO brothers and sisters.


Monday, September 19, 2022 3:33 PM

Mental Health Monday

One of the lessons I have learned when dealing with processing trauma is that if you bury it down, it does not simply go away on its own. Often times, unprocessed pain / trauma can come out sideways in ways we don't expect.

In order to combat that, I try to recognize and work through traumatic experiences. I do this with difficult investigations at the office and in my own personal life. For the last two years, I have made these small cards with the photo and information for different Marines from my unit who died on my deployments.

I print them out and then hand as many of them out as possible as a reminder of the sacrifice these young men made. It is a way to ensure they are not forgotten. For me, knowing that my friends are remembered helps with the healing. I want to continue to bring these lessons to our work in serving grieving families.


Thursday, September 15, 2022 8:44 AM

Throwback Thursday

Hello Larimer County. Today I want to tell you about the lessons I learned in this Forensic Pathology for Death Investigators training. Over the years, I have been studying death and disease to better serve families and understand the human body. The forensic aspect of our work has always fascinated me.
 
This class provided great insight into pattern injury recognition, time of death estimation, scene processing, and autopsies. While this class was awesome, I have also had a front row seat as a student working for Larimer County Coroner's Dr. Patrick Allen and Dr. James Wilkerson.

These doctors taught me so much about investigation and supervision that I feel like I received a free college education.


Wednesday, September 14, 2022 8:43 AM

Endorsement Wednesday

Today I am proud to share the endorsement of Steve Vessey. Steve is the Founder and Funeral Director at Vessey Funeral Service in Fort Collins. Steve and the folks at Vessey have been a pleasure to work with over these last 13-years I have been with the office.

I am honored to have the support of the funeral home community in Northern Colorado. I am endorsed by three funeral homes in Larimer County. These professionals know the level of compassion I bring to every family I interact with.


Tuesday, September 13, 2022 8:37 AM

On the campaign trail

This weekend was packed full of events and talking to voters. First up, one of my Marine brothers came up to knock on doors with me. We were wounded by the same hand grenade in Ramadi, Iraq and have continued to back each other.

Then we had a great meet and greet at Colorado Coffee Company with Smith For A Better Larimer and John Feyen for Larimer Sheriff.

Lastly, I was honored to attend the Guns and Hoses event for Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3. Great seeing Eisenbraun For Assessor Larimer County and Irene Josey at the event as well. This weekend was packed but now back to working to improve the service we provide the citizens of Larimer County.
 
Progress Every Day.


Tuesday, September 13, 2022 8:35 AM

Shop Talk Tuesday

In order to provide quality service to the public, a Coroner's Office must receive top of the line training. The year after I graduated the police academy, I was brought in as a Death Investigation Instructor.
I created this 12 hour training block for our new investigators and local law enforcement. My vision for the future of the Coroner's Office involves high level instruction in advanced death investigation techniques. I have been a committed teacher in the field of Death Investigation and Coroner Operations for the last 11 years.

It is my desire to continue my proven track record of leadership as your next Larimer County Coroner.


Monday, September 12, 2022 8:32 AM

Mental Health Monday

My heart breaks when I respond to a scene and I see the turmoil and pain a family is enduring. Often, the family will ask for time with their loved one before we take them into our care. This profession is not just forensic science. It is about serving the broken hearted and providing them the truth with compassion.
Sometimes, this can be a difficult request due to the type of investigation. I have always worked hard to accommodate the suffering families and give them time with their deceased loved one. Those moments, while short, end up meaning a world to the family in the long run. I have a stack of thank you cards from families who specifically mention this moment as being impactful to them.

As the Chief Deputy Coroner, it has been my practice to train our investigators to allow families to spend a minute praying with or holding the hand of their loved one.

My life has been forever changed by the families I have served. I hope to continue serving families as the next Coroner of Larimer County.


Sunday, September 11, 2022 8:29 AM

9/11 Memorial

Thank you to the American Legion, Loveland Fire, Loveland Police Department, The Marine Corps League, and the EMS crews who showed up this evening. I brought my two sons to listen to Lee Cooper from the Larimer County Veterans Services Office give a moving speech.

It is important that we never forget about the immense loss that was suffered and those lives who have been altered forever. Good to see Sheriff Justin Smith and Loveland Mayor Jacki Marsh out at such an important event.


Friday, September 9, 2022 8:27 AM

Family Friday

My wife is an absolute rockstar. She is a rock in our home and keeps me motivated and intentional. I am honored to have been able to call her my wife for 16 years. Thank you for all of the support, kindness, and encouragement you have provided over these many years. You are an amazing mother and partner.


Thursday, September 8, 2022 8:23 AM

Throwback Thursday

Here are two photos of signs that have a significant impact on how I view my professional life. Whether I was leading Marines in combat or working to recruit high quality individuals for the Coroner's Office, the same principle applies. Complacency Kills.

The first photo is a sign made on the barriers at our patrol base in Iraq. It was the last thing you read before stepping out on patrol. It was a constant reminder that if you lose your situational awareness, it could cost your life.

I made a replica sign for my own garage as a daily reminder that while I am no longer in a combat zone, the principle applies to my work, my marriage, my children, and my faith. I hope to bring this concept to our work at the Coroner's Office. If we are complacent in our investigations, the truth may be missed.


Wednesday, September 7, 2022 8:21 AM

Endorsement Wednesday

I would like to share the endorsement of longtime Larimer County Criminalist Dan Gilliam. When I received his endorsement, I was blown away because Dan is one of those professionals that comes around once in a career. His professionalism and knowledge of the forensic sciences is beyond comparison. Thank you Dan.


Tuesday, September 6, 2022 8:19 AM

Interim Coroner

This morning Gary Darling was sworn in as the Interim Coroner of Larimer County. I look forward to working with Gary as we navigate a new Forensic Pathologist position, NAME Accreditation, budget, and the day-to-day investigations that our office performs.

Gary is well known in Larimer County and brings a wealth of leadership experience to our office. This last several years has been a whirlwind at the office. The staff has demonstrated resilience and professionalism as the county commissioners decided the immediate future of our office.

I have been a very active Chief Deputy and have a vision of innovation and improvement in every aspect of the Coroner operation. I hope to continue my track record of leadership as the next Coroner of Larimer County.


Tuesday, September 6, 2022 8:16 AM

Shop Talk Tuesday

As the Chief Deputy, I have been tasked with ensuring that our Larimer County Coroner Facility is well cared for. I am always looking for areas for improvement and growth and our facility is no exception. Below you will see the 6 Larimer County Guiding Principles. I am committed to these and make them a part of my decision making process.

In the past two years I have been directly involved in a full roof replacement, a garage bay extension, protective morgue paneling installation, and high powered parking lot lighting for our employees. In our most recent budget request, I am also asking for an upgrade to our evidence room security.

I am committed to innovating every aspect of the Coroner operation and have over 50 concrete examples of this innovation posted on my website.


Friday, September 2, 2022 8:11 AM

Dr. James A. Wilkerson Resignation

Hello Larimer County. Effective today, Dr. James A. Wilkerson has resigned as the Coroner of Larimer County. I wanted to share his resignation letter with you all because I believe his words matter. Dr. Wilkerson wrote this letter to the elected officials, the staff of the Coroner's Office and the citizens of our community.

I have personally learned a great deal in the field of forensic science from Dr. Wilkerson. He was always providing instruction during examinations and taught me the standards of care our community should expect. I have served as his Chief Deputy for the last two years and hope to continue my service as the next Coroner of this fine county.

The Forensic Pathologist who has been your Coroner for the last 8 years is endorsing me to be his replacement. I am grateful to have his recommendation.

Thank you to Dr. Wilkerson, Kim, and his children for the sacrifices made to serve. Our community is not aware of what you gave on a daily basis. Good luck in all that you do.


Thursday, September 1, 2022 8:08 AM

Throwback Thursday

I attended this Fingerprinting Course which was taught by FBI Fingerprint Examiners. One of the important lessons I learned through this course was the attention to detail that must be given to scientific identification. Manual fingerprint collection is still done at the Larimer County Coroner's Office.

However, we have integrated an electronic fingerprint scanner which allows us to secure identification within minutes. As the next Coroner of Larimer County, I will continue to innovate based on the extensive training and experience I have.

Progress Every Day.


Wednesday, August 31, 2022 8:07 AM

Endorsement Wednesday

Today I am proud to share the endorsement of a fellow Marine and the Chief of Staff of the UCLA Football Team, Bryce McDonald.

Bryce was my platoon commander and company Executive Officer while deployed to Okinawa and Iraq. I worked with him and he had a chance to see my work ethic, character, and devotion to duty. Bryce was wounded by an Improvised Explosive Device but he continues to serve the young men of the UCLA football team.

I consider him to be a close friend. The opinion of those around me should tell you a great deal about if I am fit to serve the citizens in this vital role. Thank you Bryce.


Tuesday, August 30, 2022 8:04 AM

Shop Talk Tuesday

Hello Larimer County. I have worked hard to innovate nearly every aspect of our Coroner Operation. I am a firm believer that we should always examine how and why we are doing a thing and then readjust as necessary.

During 2020, our office was faced with an unprecedented challenge as our death investigators and autopsy staff worked through the pandemic. I worked with our county leadership to secure these personal respirators to keep our staff safe during uncertain times.

I am committed to ensuring that our office has the finest gear, top of the line training, and the mental health treatment so that our employees can serve this community for years into the future.


Monday, August 29, 2022 7:58 AM

Mental Health Monday

One of the more challenging aspects of serving as a death investigator is investigating child fatalities. It was incredibly difficult to go to these scenes and interact with the mothers and fathers who are experiencing immense pain. It hurt more knowing my children were at home.

Often times, I remember coming home and simply standing next to the crib and watching my child sleep, grateful they were alive. This was compounded by being assigned to the Child Fatality Review Board. I was the Larimer County Coroner's Office representative for many years and was required to review and present on each child passing that occurred in our county.

These teams are mandated by state statute but we have been operating one in Larimer for many years. They are designed to help public health officials identify trends and prevention methods that may save a life in the future. I know how to survive in a career that is this taxing. I want to bring this experience to the staff in a more meaningful way.


Saturday, August 27, 2022 8:01 AM

Corn Roast Festival

What a great turnout today for the Loveland Corn Roast Festival Parade. Thank you so much to the supporters who showed up on their Saturday morning and gave of their time and energy to this campaign! Thank you to all of our supporters who cheered from the crowd!

I am honored to have the support of so many amazing people. I am looking forward to the next two months and finishing this race strong.

Enjoy the Corn Roast Festival as we wrap up a wonderful summer!


Friday, August 26, 2022 7:56 AM

Family Friday

A different kind of family for sure. This photo was taken in Okinawa, Japan on a machine gun range. These three Marines were good friends in the Corps and helped me survive both physically and mentally. Three of us were wounded but survived the fight to succeed in our own rights.
 
The Marines are a brotherhood and I consider these men to be my brothers. Semper Fi.


Friday, August 26, 2022 7:56 AM

Family Friday

A different kind of family for sure. This photo was taken in Okinawa, Japan on a machine gun range. These three Marines were good friends in the Corps and helped me survive both physically and mentally. Three of us were wounded but survived the fight to succeed in our own rights.
 
The Marines are a brotherhood and I consider these men to be my brothers. Semper Fi.


Thursday, August 25, 2022 7:54 AM

Throwback Thursday

I am remembering one of the more grueling courses I have ever attended. I was proud to be selected to the Marine Corps Martial Arts Instructor Course when I was deployed overseas with the Marine Expeditionary Unit.

The focus was not just on fighting. Instead, one of the major components was teaching us how to provide professional instruction. Essentially, it was a class about how to teach. I have carried these lessons into my work as the Chief Deputy Coroner and a regional death investigation instructor for the past 10 years.

As a life long learner, I was dedicated to studying late into the night and preparing as hard as I could for the final examinations. Ultimately, I earned the Honor Graduate award for my performance in this course.

 


Wednesday, August 24, 2022 7:52 AM

Endorsement Wednesday

The men and women who serve the citizens of Larimer County every day have collectively endorsed me to be your next Coroner. Thank you Lodge 4!
 
Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 4 is the Lodge of the Larimer County Sheriff's Office. They are your local public servants and they have examined the two candidates in this race and have chosen to endorse me.
I have a deep respect for the nearly impossible task our local police officers and sheriff's deputies are charged with each day. I have been supervising complex death investigations alongside LCSO for several years. The Windsor FOP Lodge has also endorsed me!


Tuesday, August 23, 2022 9:15 AM

Shop Talk Tuesday

Everybody loves budgeting right? As the Chief Deputy Coroner of the Larimer County Coroner's Office, I am responsible for ensuring that our office operates at an incredibly high level.

One aspect of that means that we need to be good stewards of public resources and operate within the constraints of what the Board of County Commissioners approve for our office.

For the last several years, I have worked with our Office Manager to ensure that we are communicating the financial needs of the office with the county leadership. The next Coroner of this county needs to understand the financial innerworkings of this critical office. I understand the budget. I understand where there are opportunities for growth.

As your next Coroner, I plan to increase revenue for Larimer County through outside autopsies and teaching.


Monday, August 22, 2022 9:13 AM

Mental Health Monday

When I taught Combat Mindset at the Police Academy, this was one of the concepts I covered. Where do you see yourself?

I believe that the growth mindset is the only way to operate at a high level and overcome obstacles. I believe that as "Last Responders", I have experienced both mindsets but have truly been able to serve families better when I operate with a growth mindset.

I never imagined I would be able to handle the levels of stress, the smell, the emotional trauma, and the pain of working in this industry. However, adopting a Growth Mindset has allowed me to overcome insurmountable odds.

Progress Everyday.


Thursday, August 11, 2022 9:12 AM

Throwback Thursday

I am thinking back to one of the more unique trainings I have attended as a Coroner's Investigator. I traveled to Arizona and spent three days learning how to identify clandestine graves in the middle of the desert.

We also learned how to appropriately excavate the grave in order to properly collect evidence. I plan to bring my commitment to continuing education and training to my role as the next Coroner of Larimer County. As the Chief Deputy Coroner, I ensured that we doubled the training budget so our staff can attend trainings like these.


Wednesday, August 10, 2022 9:11 AM

Endorsement Wednesday

Today I share the endorsement of Dr. Annette Cannon. Dr. Cannon is the Coroner of Jefferson County and is a Democrat. Despite political affiliations, Dr. Cannon has chose to endorse me to be the next Coroner of Larimer County. 

Dr. Cannon has been a registered nurse for over 35 years, is a published author, and is a member of the Governor appointed Colorado Coroner Standards and Training Board. 

I believe that Dr. Cannon and I view the role of the Coroner in a similar fashion as we have a deep desire to serve families in a non-partisan way. Thank you Dr. Cannon for your support. 


Tuesday, August 9, 2022 9:09 AM

Shop Talk Tuesday

Hello Larimer County. Today I would like to discuss the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators. This is an independent certification board that ensures high professional standards exist in the medicolegal death investigation field.

Essentially, a death investigator must demonstrate proficiency in a large number of areas and then pass a several hour examination to be certified. One of the things I have accomplished as Chief Deputy of the Larimer County Coroner's Office is that I made ABMDI Basic Certification a requirement for all death investigators within one year of hire.

I believe that the Larimer County Coroner's Office should only be sending out the finest death investigators to serve the families who are suffering.

Progress Everyday.


Monday, August 8, 2022 9:02 AM

Mental Health Monday

In World War 1 it was called "Shell Shock" and in World War 2 is was referred to a "Battle Fatigue". As our mental health professionals and the medical field have developed a deeper understanding of trauma, now we refer to it as PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. This is not simply a diagnoses for soldiers. Individuals can suffer from this following personal trauma in various forms.
I mention this because I have a deep understanding of what trauma does to the human psyche. As a combat veteran and Purple Heart recipient I witnessed firsthand what prolonged exposure to trauma can bring. Following my time overseas, I have spent 13 years serving the families of Larimer County as a death investigator.
I hope to use this understanding to assist the families we serve and the staff of the Larimer County Coroner's Office.


Friday, August 5, 2022 8:59 AM

Family Friday

A week ago, my wife and I took our kiddos to Glendo, WY for a week away from the office and campaign trail. I do not "unplug" well and struggle to not check email and our internal coroner database hourly.
However, I made a conscious effort to spend time with my family with the realization that whether or not this campaign ends in victory or defeat, these moments will be imprinted into their minds for the rest of their lives.
 
Thank you to my wife Christy for pushing me to take a brief moment away as this campaign starts in earnest.


Thursday, August 4, 2022 8:58 AM

Throwback Thursday

Today I remember the important lessons I learned when I attended this Bloodstain Pattern Analysis course. We were able to spend a great deal of time looking at how blood interacts when dripping / moving at different speeds and angles.

I consider myself a life-long learner who will never stop studying. As the Chief Deputy Coroner, it has been my job to ensure that training is happening for our investigators and morgue staff. I bring the experience I have from training like this to my job everyday.


Wednesday, August 3, 2022 8:56 AM

Endorsement Wednesday

Dr. John Bender is a lot of things. He is a local primary care physician, owner of Miramont Family Medicine, pilot, flight surgeon, former President of the Colorado Medical Society, and a former Board Member of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

To me, he is my father-in-law! He knows health care and he knows the passion I bring to my work every day. I am proud to share his thoughts on my candidacy to be the next Coroner of Larimer County.

I have a great working relationship with the primary care community in Larimer County.


Tuesday, August 2, 2022 8:53 AM

Shop Talk Tuesday

When I became the Chief Deputy Coroner, I realized that one of the things I wanted to improve at our office was our identification process.
 
I reached out to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and was able to secure an electronic fingerprint scanner. These units are similar to what our law enforcement partners use in their patrol cars.
These units are amazing because they allow us to scientifically identify a person who has died in Larimer County in minutes. This means we can notify their loved ones much quicker than before.
 
Progress Everyday.


Monday, August 1, 2022 8:51 AM

Mental Health Monday

For years, I taught a Combat Mindset Course for the local police academies. This seemed like a natural training for me to teach given my extensive combat experiences as a Marine in Iraq and my work as a death investigator. I thought I had a steel mind.
Boy was I wrong. While I could speak about how to mentally prepare to survive a critical life or death incident, I could not speak to the long-term impact that stress could have on your mind.
Take a look at this chart. I have lived large chunks of my life in the orange and red zones. This is not sustainable and can lead to serious burnout. I have had to learn a lot of lessons the hard way and I hope to use my own life experiences to help the staff of the Coroner's Office.


Saturday, July 30, 2022 8:28 AM

My Gratitude

Thank you to my community, friends, and family who showed their support for me at the Larimer County Fair Parade in Loveland.
Special thanks to Cindy Canaga, Emily Kane, Christina Mestas, Diahn Richards, Debbie Reisdorff, Kelly Canaga, Alaina Miller, and Chris Wysock.
It’s encouraging to see so many people who are involved in their community and want to see positive change. Every person has the ability to make a big impact.
 
Thank you.


Thursday, July 28, 2022 8:27 AM

Throwback Thursday

Remembering one of the trainings I took on interview and interrogation techniques. The Reid Technique is one of many systems used to gain information during a criminal investigation.
Primarily, I remember the legal aspects of this class. Specifically how I can interact with the public while being careful not to infringe on their constitutionally protected rights.
 
I have investigated thousands of deaths in Larimer County and have interacted with a broad spectrum of individuals. I have interviewed suspects, witnesses, victims, and first responders. I understand how to gain information in an respectful and proficient way.


Wednesday, July 27, 2022 8:24 AM

Endorsement Wednesday

Today I am proud to share the endorsement of Dave Viegut. Dave is the Founder and Funeral Director at Viegut Funeral Home in Loveland. As the longest tenured employee of the Larimer County Coroner's Office, I have been working with Dave and his staff for many years. Thank you Dave!
 
I am honored to have the support of the funeral home community in Northern Colorado. I am endorsed by three funeral homes in Larimer County. These professionals know the level of compassion I bring to every family I interact with.

To read the dozens of other endorsements I have secured from professionals throughout the death investigation community, please check out the Endorsements page on my campaign site.

 


Monday, July 25, 2022 8:21 AM

Mental Health Monday

Reading has been a constant throughout the years and has helped me deal with the endless exposure to death and pain. As Chief Deputy, I interact with death every day.
I read to understand what those around me are going through. I read so I can understand my own reaction to combat overseas. I read stories of those who had walked a harder road than I have. I read to equip myself to serve.
The Body Keeps The Score is a fascinating read. Any other book recommendations for me?


Friday, July 22, 2022 8:19 AM

Family Friday

I would not have survived this 13 year career with the Coroner's Office without the support of these amazing people right here. My family has sacrificed holidays and family time / events so that I could serve the families of this county.
They understand the burden of service and I am proud of every one of them.


Wednesday, July 20, 2022 8:16 AM

Endorsement Wednesday

Today is a special post. Ask yourself this question: when have you ever seen such consensus for an election?
This map represents Democrat and Republican Coroners who are experts in their field. They know death investigation and leadership. They know who I am and the quality of my character. Furthermore, they have banded together to show their support for me to be the next Larimer County Coroner.
I encourage you to trust those who know death investigation.

 


Tuesday, July 19, 2022 8:14 AM

Shop Talk Tuesday

Hello Larimer County. I am excited to tell you about the good work we have been doing at the Coroner's Office.
Last year, I wrote a proposal for our office to purchase electric gurneys for our Coroner trucks. We have been using manual lift gurneys for years and I realized that these new systems would save our staff hundreds of lifts per year.
I am proud to announce that we are in the process of getting these systems installed! Not only will these gurneys help to keep our employees safe, but they will also protect local fire, EMS, and law enforcement personnel who assist our staff on death scenes.
 
I have been very proactive as Chief and will continue to innovate every aspect of our office as your next Coroner.

 


Monday, July 18, 2022 8:12 AM

Mental Health Monday

As a Marine, I deployed twice to Iraq. I have seen firsthand the mental health impact that those deployments have taken on my fellow servicemembers after returning back home.
Over the past 13 years, I have responded to numerous veteran suicides here in Larimer County. Those deaths are incredibly difficult to handle but I am always grateful that I took the call because I believe I was equipped to serve that family in a more personal way as a veteran myself.
There are networks that exist to support veterans. Reach out to your local VA, VET Center, Semper Fi Fund, or other non-profit organizations for support. These men and women have put their lives in our nations hands. We need to support them now.
As Coroner, I plan to work with Veterans Service Organizations to find a way to support these families and prevent Veteran Suicide.

 


Thursday, July 7, 2022 10:05 AM

Throwback Thursday

In 2016, I was a member of the Leadership Loveland program through the Loveland Chamber of Commerce. Early on in that program, I was elected to be the Class President by the other participants.
I learned a great deal about the community in Loveland through the program and made lasting partnerships with great organizations throughout the region. I am hopeful to eventually participate in the Leadership Northern Colorado program when time allows.
I think running any public office means that you need to understand leadership at a deep level. I have been placed in unique leadership experiences for my entire adult life. From leading men in combat, to volunteering to lead church events, to my role as the Chief Deputy Coroner, I know how to lead.


Thursday, July 7, 2022 8:04 AM

Shop Talk Tuesday

Did you know that the Larimer County Coroner's Office is one of 4 offices in the state of Colorado that is accredited through the National Association of Medical Examiners? N.A.M.E. accreditation is an extremely prestigious accomplishment and ensures that our Coroner's Office operates at the highest professional level.
We have been accredited since 2002! If you are a resident of Larimer County, you should know that your Coroner's Office is equipped to handle every circumstance. As the current Chief Deputy of the office, I am very familiar with the N.A.M.E. requirements and will continue to uphold this high standard as the next Coroner of Larimer County.


Wednesday, July 6, 2022 10:03 AM

Endorsement Wednesday

Today I share an endorsement from the longtime Coroner of Grand County and Former President of the Colorado Coroner's Association, Brenda Bock.
Coroner Bock has been a rock in the Colorado Coroner community over these past many years and I am honored to share her endorsement. There has been bipartisan consensus in the Coroner community that I would be the best choice to continue serving the citizens of Larimer County as the next Coroner.

 


Monday, July 4, 2022 10:01 AM

My Sincere Appreciation

I want to pause in this moment to simply say thank you to the group of folks who has been showing up to support my campaign to be the next Coroner of Larimer County. You are an awesome group and it means alot to me that you guys took time out of your 4th to walk in the parade.
Wellington has a great community and I look forward to serving you as your next Coroner. Great parade this morning. Please be safe out there as you enjoy Independence Day.


Sunday, July 3, 2022 9:51 AM

4th of July Weekend

Full 4th of July weekend for the campaign. We were nearly washed away up in Red Feather Lakes where it literally rained on our parade! We had a team walking in the Fort Collins Parade and we will be out in Wellington tomorrow morning.
Thank you for all the support at these events. We will be visiting every part of Larimer County during this campaign. I look forward to meeting with you all!

 

 


Wednesday, June 29, 2022 8:00 AM

Endorsement Wednesday

As we all wait for the finalized election results, I would like to share another endorsement with you all.
I have known Darcie for a number of years and have worked countless death investigations with her. She is widely recognized as a crime scene expert and I hold her opinion in high regard.
The collaborative relationship that exists between the Coroner's Office and local law enforcement agencies is very important. Thank you Darcie!
To learn more about the dozens of endorsements I have received from the coroner, law enforcement, and funeral home community, please click here.


Tuesday, June 28, 2022 7:58 AM

Shop Talk Tuesday

Unfortunately, nearly 3,200 people died in Larimer County in 2021. This is a huge increase in the number of individuals who have passed away annually since I started with the office in 2009.
With population projections showing a steady population increase over the coming decade, you will want a Coroner who understands how to scale the operations of the office.
As your Chief Deputy, I have been actively working to ensure that our operations are sustainable and routinely audit our processes to determine if changes need to be made to better serve our citizens.

 


Thursday, June 23, 2022 8:00 AM

Endorsements Matter

Matt has been working with Coroners from around the region for 13 years. Today he is happy to share the endorsement of Emma Hall, the Coroner of Boulder County.
Matt is running as a Republican in Larimer and Emma is an elected Democrat in Boulder. Despite these political labels, she is endorsing Matt because she knows the standard of care he brings to the office.
There is broad consensus in the Coroner community that Matt is the best choice to be your next Coroner. To learn more about his qualifications, experience, and to read the dozens of other endorsements he has recieved please visit the endorsement page at https://www.canagaforcoroner.com/view-endorsements


Tuesday, June 21, 2022 7:57 AM

Shop Talk Tuesday

One of the responsibilities of the Coroner's Office is to notify the next of kin when a person passes away. Matt has been performing these in-person notifications for 13 years here in Larimer County.
 
"We always try to make these notifications in person so we can be there to care for the family members. It is one of the hardest things I have ever had to do." ~ Matt Canaga


Friday, June 17, 2022 7:54 AM

Family Friday

With Father's Day right around the corner, I wanted to share this photo of my family.
I am a lucky man.
My family has sacrificed having their husband / dad around for these last several years when I was promoted to the Chief Deputy Coroner position. Now, as a candidate, the small moments we get together are more important than ever. For some, Father's Day can be a painful one as their fathers have passed away. For others the pain comes from having lost children.
 
Wherever you find yourself this Sunday, know that you are not alone. I hope you all have a good weekend.
Be safe.


Wednesday, June 15, 2022 11:49 AM

FOP Lodge 67 (Windsor) endorses Matt Canaga!

Matt is proud to announce that Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge 67 out of the Windsor Police Department has officially endorsed him to be your next Coroner!Matt has been teaching at local police academies and law enforcement agencies for 10 years. Collaboration with local law enforcement has been a priority for him for his entire career.
 
Death investigation is successful when the Coroner's Office and local law enforcement work together. It sends a huge message to the community that this FOP Lodge is backing Matt Canaga.


Friday, June 10, 2022 11:24 AM

Colorado Coroner's Association - Board Member Announcement!

Huge Announcement! This week, I was elected to the board of the Colorado Coroner’s Association!
I have been a certified death investigator and member of CCA for 12 years and am excited to represent Larimer County on this board. This organization is an amazing resource and I am honored to serve their membership.
As the Chief Deputy Coroner, I have worked hard to be collaborative within the coroner community and am proud of our partnerships.

 


Thursday, June 9, 2022 2:09 PM

Endorsement Wednesday

I am happy to bring you this endorsement from former Larimer County Commissioner Steve Johnson. As a county commissioner, Steve understands the role of service and leadership. He also knows the amazing work that our Coroner's Office has been doing in our community.
 
Thank you Commissioner Johnson for your backing and support. I look forward to continuing to serve our citizens and families.


Wednesday, June 8, 2022 2:04 PM

Announcing a Meet and Greet BBQ - Mac Equipment Inc.

Come join us and say hello at the Meet and Greet BBQ!

Where: Mac Equipment - Northern Colorado's Largest Outdoor Power Equipment & Parts Company

Address: 2116 W 1st Street, Loveland

When: June 11th, 2022

Time: 11am to 2pm


Wednesday, June 8, 2022 2:01 PM

Shop Talk Tuesday

Hello Larimer County. Fentanyl is an extremely dangerous drug. More than half of the accidental drug overdoses in Larimer County in 2021 involved Fentanyl. Please remember, one pill can kill. The price of this drug has plummeted from $30 - $40 per pill a few years ago down to less than $5 per pill now. This drop in price is due to the extremely high number of pills that have flooded our community.
Over the last 13 years, I have conducted to a number of Fentanyl death investigations. As the Chief Deputy Coroner, I have worked with the Drug Task Force to ensure that our Coroner staff is trained and equipped to best serve the community during this drug crisis.


Tuesday, June 7, 2022 2:00 PM

Mental Health Monday

I am disappointed and saddened to see that Governor Polis vetoed House Bill 22-1221 which was titled the County Coroner and Mortuary Mental Health Program.
Along with several other leaders from the Colorado Coroner community, I communicated with the governor's office and expressed the need for this legislation which would have allocated $100,000 to provide mental health services to our county coroners.
Coroner's operate in a brutal and taxing environment. We need support if we are to have any longevity in this line of work. I am committed to working with the Governor's Office and the Colorado Coroner's Association to revisit this topic during the next legislative session.

 

 


Monday, June 6, 2022 1:58 PM

D-Day

On this day in 1944, more than 160,000 Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy, beginning Operation Overlord and the liberation of mainland Europe.
 
Today, we remember their "courage, devotion to duty, and skill in battle."

 

 


Sunday, June 5, 2022 1:56 PM

Register To Vote

Hello Larimer County. This is a reminder to register to vote. The Primaries are right around the corner (June 28th) and I believe it is every American's duty to get out and ensure their voice is heard. If you are an unaffiliated voter, you get to choose which ballot (Republican or Democrat) you fill out for the primaries.


Saturday, June 4, 2022 1:54 PM

Berthoud Days

Awesome time at Berthoud Days today. Great to see the community out and about on such a beautiful day. What a turn out for folks supporting my campaign by walking with me and my family. Huge thanks to you all. Your support means the world. Be safe out there.


Friday, June 3, 2022 1:51 PM

Colorado Fentanyl Summit

For the past two days I attended the Colorado Fentanyl Summit in Denver. Leaders from the Coroner, Law Enforcement, and District Attorney communities were in attendance to discuss the impact that this disgusting drug is having on the families of Colorado.
As Coroner of Larimer County, I will make Fentanyl awareness and training a requirement for our staff. I have personally responded to several Fentanyl overdoses and have witnessed the carnage this drug has had on our community.
I will bring this information back to Larimer County so that our community is well served.

 


Thursday, June 2, 2022 1:49 PM

Throwback Thursday

Training is a very important part of what we do as Coroner employees. To become a proficient death investigator, you need to encounter and experience a large number of different circumstances to hone your skills. I remember each of the trainings I have attended because they equipped me to serve families in a more professional way.
I look forward to bringing my experience and training to set a high bar for death investigation in Larimer County. One of my accomplishments as the Chief Deputy was to double the training budget for our staff. This allows each member of our team to attend specialized training in death investigation techniques.

 


Wednesday, June 1, 2022 1:45 PM

Endorsement Wednesday

I joined the Marines straight out of high school. I found the infantry to be incredibly challenging but I excelled under the weight of leadership I found in the Corps. I was meritoriously promoted two separate times, once in combat. I am incredibly proud of my Marine Corps service record.
Below you will find the words of a close friend, an amazing man, and a relentless Marine officer. Lt. Col. Reddinger was a Platoon Commander when I was a Sergeant. I learned a great deal from Red as an Infantry Squad Leader. I am honored to know him and share his words with you all.


Tuesday, May 31, 2022 1:42 PM

Shop Talk Tuesday

Death is often misunderstood and the role of the Coroner can seem mysterious to the average citizen. One of the things I love to do is teach so I plan to continue educating our community on what we do.
Death certificates contain incredibly important information such as the Cause and Manner of Death, description of how an injury occurred, and the Time of Death. When the Coroner's Office performs a death investigation, we will ensure that the death certificate is properly signed so that the truth is accurately reported.
These documents will be used by families to proceed with a burial or cremation of their loved one. They will also be needed to handle administrative matters such as closing bank accounts and handling insurance claims.
In my current role as the Chief Deputy Coroner, I provide our staff with guidance on how these documents must be signed and filed.

 

 

 


Monday, May 30, 2022 1:25 PM

Memorial Day, 2022

It is my hope that each and every member of our community had a chance to spend some time reflecting on what Memorial Day is all about this weekend. 1.3 million American servicemen and women have given their lives for this country. It can be hard to wrap our heads around a number so large so I wanted to add this photo. This is a photo of the dog tags of each of the men who died from my unit on our deployment to Ramadi, Iraq in 2004. These men have families, friends, and communities that miss them dearly.
Thank you to the gold-star families who sacrifice in a way that we cannot understand. For the last many years, I have been attending Memorial Day events around this country along with my fellow Marines to pay our respects to the fallen men who never made it home and to meet with their families. I hope that as you head back into your workday tomorrow you will keep these young men in your hearts. Be safe.


Friday, May 27, 2022 1:22 PM

Family Friday

 
This is Loveland, CO in 1994 and is a perfect image to capture my childhood. My old man teaching me the value of hardwork while I tried to get out of it! My father was a carpenter and built homes throughout northern Colorado for nearly 20 years. I followed his footsteps as a carpenter before leaving for the Marines.
I am grateful for the example my father set for me. I share this with you all because I think where a man comes from will tell you a lot about where he is headed.


Thursday, May 26, 2022 1:20 PM

Throwback Thursday

 
Today I think back to the lessons learned when I attended this First Line Supervision Training. As the Chief Deputy Coroner, I have to make decisions daily that impact the staff of our office and the quality of service that impact grieving families. The next Larimer County Coroner will need to be a person who has a long history of leadership experience in complex environments.
Starting in 2003, I have been thrust into intense situations where I needed to lead a team to complete the mission. Whether that was leading a squad of combat Marines in a firefight, or leading our death investigation efforts on a homicide scene, I have experienced challenging moments where I needed to be decisive. On top of that, I have never stopped pushing myself to learn new leadership techniques.


Thursday, May 26, 2022 7:28 AM

Infographic - County Leader Endorsements


Wednesday, May 25, 2022 1:27 PM

Endorsement Wednesday

 
This week I would like to highlight a special type of endorsement. For the last 13 years I have been working closely with our local law enforcement partners. Investigating deaths and caring for families is a team effort and I cannot speak highly enough about the amazing men and women who serve our communities in law enforcement.
Siobhan Seymour was a Detective with Fort Collins Police Services for many years. We worked countless cases together in our respective roles. I am honored to share her endorsement with you all. She has always embodied the care and compassion I hope to emulate when interacting with families. Again, forget what a politician says about him or herself. Listen to the experts. The law enforcement, funeral home, and coroner communities know me and back me.
To read dozens of endorsements and see my vision for the Larimer County Coroner's Office, please visit the endorsements page here.


Wednesday, May 18, 2022 11:58 AM

Chris Goes, Owner of Goes Funeral Care endorses Matt Canaga

Chris Goes, Owner of Goes Funeral Care endorses Matt Canaga for your next Larimer County Coroner.
As the Chief Deputy Coroner, Matt has been working with Chris and all of the local funeral homes for years. Chris is a man of integrity and Matt is honored to have his support. To read his full endorsement and learn more about my campaign, please visit the endorsements page.


Tuesday, May 17, 2022 11:26 AM

Shop Talk Tuesday

If you are like many of our citizens, you may wonder, "What does the Coroner do?" In my experience, people have a curiosity about the role of the Coroner and I plan to make education a major part of my campaign.
 
The Coroner is an elected official which performs an essential task in our community. Check out this video and tune in every Tuesday for additional videos on other topics!

 


Monday, May 16, 2022 11:41 AM

Mental Health Monday

I am proud to announce that as the Chief Deputy Coroner I have partnered with the Office of Suicide Prevention to provide statistical analysis of suicides in Larimer County. Hopefully, by participating in these programs at a state level, our community can identify the most at risk populations and provide preventative treatment.
Mental Health is a major issue for me. As a combat veteran, I have lost a large number of my fellow Marines to suicide. As the next Coroner of Larimer County, I assure you that I will work diligently to partner with local and regional experts to help improve the overall mental health of our community.


Wednesday, May 11, 2022 11:44 AM

World renowned Forensic Anthropologist, Dr. Diane France, endorses Matt Canaga

Dr. Diane France, a world-renowned Forensic Anthropologist has endorsed Matt Canaga to be your next Larimer County Coroner. For the last 13 years, Matt has worked with Dr. France to identify individuals who die in Larimer County.

Please visit the endorsements page to read Dr. Franks endorsement as well as the endorsements of other experts in the death investigation community.

 


Tuesday, May 10, 2022 8:21 PM

Yard Signs Are In!

Yard signs are in! Email canagaforcoroner@gmail.com to request a sign for your yard or to get a bunch to hand out to friends. Let's get after it! Go to Canagaforcoroner.com for more information about my campaign for Larimer County Coroner.


Tuesday, May 10, 2022 8:20 PM

Mental Health Awareness Month

When I was in Iraq, mental health awareness did not exist. Since leaving the Marines, our country has grown a great deal in understanding the impact that trauma has on the body and human psyche. As a Larimer County Coroner's Office employee for the last 13 years, I have seen first hand the impact of mental health struggles. Often, I have cared for families who have experienced loss due to mental health struggles. Other times, I internally struggled to process the burden of extended exposure to the difficult things we endure every day at the office.
For the last several years, mental health partnerships have been at the forefront of my mind. As the Chief Deputy Coroner, I have worked to make mental health awareness a discussion within our staff meetings and will continue to partner with our local agencies to ensure that families and employees are cared for with dignity and respect. Visit canagaforcoroner.com to learn more about my vision for the Larimer County Coroners Office and my campaign. Be safe out there.


Wednesday, April 27, 2022 8:58 AM

Matt Canaga endorsed by current Larimer County Coroner James A. Wilkerson, IV, M.D.

I heartily endorse Matthew Canaga for Larimer County Coroner. I have worked with Matt for the past 12.5 years in his role as a death investigator serving our community. His experience, knowledge and communication skills are excellent. Matt has a history of service including time in the United States Marine Corps where he earned a Purple Heart in Iraq. He has great interpersonal skills and is well respected by his peers. Matt is passionate about serving his community as your next coroner. Your best option for coroner in the next election is Matthew Canaga.


Wednesday, April 13, 2022 10:58 PM

Event - The Center For Family Outreach

 

Amazing fundraising event this morning by The Center for Family Outreach. So great to see the leaders of so many Larimer County institutions present and engaged for this organization. ~ Matt


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