Coroner plans to hire assistant

Tim Warco

Tim Warco announced this week he intends to seek re-election to an eighth, four-year term as Washington County coroner.

Warco noted in a news release he has worked consistently to operate his office within his allotted budget and has completed 792 hours of continuing education in medical, legal and death investigation classes.

The 2019 budget adopted by the county commissioners for the coroner’s office is $812,144, including $273,644 for personal services, $508,900 for other services and $29,600 for materials and supplies.

“Since I first became coroner ... I have supervised the investigations of 35,181 deaths. I have also investigated and helped to resolve 128 unsafe traffic and road conditions,” he said.

In 2015, the coroner’s office began using a state-of-the-art forensic facility in Washington Hospital, and in 2016 the office was accredited by the International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners.

Warco said he has been certified by the board of the American Medicolegal Death Investigators. He is a member of the Society of Medicolegal Death Investigators, in addition to serving for several years as an executive board member with the Pennsylvania State Coroner’s Association.

He works with five board-certified pathologists to perform postmortem examinations, uses a board-certified toxicology laboratory and has contracted with two forensic odontologists to handle identifications through dentistry. He consults with an anthropologist as needed.

Warco said his goal as coroner is to render “services to the citizens of Washington County to make certain that all occurrences which my office is charged to investigate as to cause and manner are professionally, competently and correctly resolved.

“If re-elected I promise to continue to provide service of the highest quality and integrity.”

Warco has been coroner since January 1992. A Democrat, plans to run in the May 21 primary. The salary for the coroner’s position, like that of other Washington County row officers, was $85,258 last year.

The Washington County Salary Board is scheduled to meet at 10 a.m. Monday to enact salaries for 2019.

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