Jill Romann is the Douglas County chief deputy coroner and a medico-legal death investigator.
Her 23-year career includes working in urban and rural regional medical examiner's offices in Minnesota and Colorado, including Minnesota's Hennepin County - home to nearly 1.2 million residents. She has worked with more than 45 law enforcement agencies in all areas of the coroner's office. Romann began as an assistant death investigator.
New to politics, she is a self-described fiscally conservative Republican who lives in Castle Rock's Meadows neighborhood, attends The Rock Church, and is a graduate of Leadership Douglas County. She has three children and six grandchildren.
With the primary election scheduled for June 24, Colorado Community Media asked three identical questions of the two Republican candidates for Douglas County coroner.
Q: Why are you seeking this office?
A: I'm running for Douglas County coroner to serve the people of Douglas County. I'm part of the management team that has increased the quality and speed of service while saving Douglas County taxpayers more than $1 million. We've cleaned house - two of the people who were terminated are now convicted felons - and instituted policies that have restored honor to our department. I will maintain the fiscally responsible, exceptional service that Douglas County deserves.
Q: What makes you the best person for the job?
A: I have 23 years of experience as a medico-legal death investigator and management experience, including in our Douglas County Coroner's Office where I'm chief deputy coroner. I've worked smoothly with and trained more than 45 law enforcement agencies, conducted 50,000 death investigations, worked alongside nationally recognized forensic pathologists and assisted with thousands of autopsies. I'm one of only 175 at the highest level of national tested certification. Providing families with answers gives me deep satisfaction.
Q: What do you believe is the most important issue in the eyes of the people you would serve if elected, and how would you approach this issue?
A: The most important issue is maintaining the high quality of service to our community that is the hallmark of our current coroner's office. This issue includes qualifications, integrity, experience, and fiscal responsibility. Frankly, it is concerning that my opponent is backed by many of the people who failed to clean house, maintain proper controls and policies, wasted our tax money, and employed people who tarnished Douglas County government's image and reputation by their actions and crimes. We need to maintain the high standards that the Douglas County coroner's office has achieved under the current administration where I am second in command.
For more information on Romann, visit www.jillforcoroner.org.