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Reinoehl seeks re-election

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Clay County Coroner Joel Reinoehl (R), Brazil, is running for re-election.

Reinoehl is in his fourth year as coroner and has two years of experience as a deputy coroner prior to his current position. He is a licensed funeral director, spending 20 years as a funeral director, and a certified medicolegal death investigator.

"I enjoy helping the community in times when they need a coroner," Reinoehl said. "It's a very fulfilling job that most people wouldn't want to do. It all comes down to helping families figure out what happened to their loved one and give them closure."

Reinoehl said he believes his opponent is very qualified because if she wasn't she wouldn't be his deputy coroner. However, he said he has more experience from being the coroner the past four years.

"It gives me a better idea of how the office runs and the budgets," Reinoehl said. "We've stayed within budget every year, and I haven't had to go back and ask for more monies on anything."

Reinoehl explained his mother and father both died in circumstances where a coroner was called when he was young. Through that experience, he understands the relationship between a coroner and a family of a lost one.

"When I go to a scene, I treat it like it's my own family member, because it is someone's family member," Reinoehl said. "I want to do the best that I can for that family member who is grieving."

Losing his parents is what caused Reinoehl to get into the funeral business, which then allowed him to convince himself he was qualified for the coroner job, he said.

Reinoehl said he has a great working relationship with local law enforcement, conservation officers, Transcare employees, local hospital employees, the local forensic pathologist and local funeral homes.

"I know them; they know me," he said. "We work well together when we have to put our heads together to figure out what happened, which is what the job is all about."

If elected, Reinoehl said his goal is to keep on doing what he's been doing for the past four years.

"I want to stay within the budget and settle the cases within a timely manner when possible to let the funeral homes take care of what they need to do," Reinoehl said, who has lived in Clay County for a total of 35 years.

Reinoehl, who has one daughter named Conner, said, "I am very proud to have been the coroner for the last four years, and I think that myself and my deputies have all done a great job. "

The 2012 election is Tuesday, Nov. 6.