Changes occur in county coroner’s office
by Paisley Boston
May 02, 2014 | 1565 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dr. Juniper Trice no longer serves as deputy coroner for Bolivar County as his certification has expired.

According to Trice, he had been serving as the deputy coroner since 1980 and his certification is still pending with the State Examiner Mark LeVaughn.

"The certification is simply a designation from the state medical examiner's office. A person has to go through a certain amount of training per year to remain certified," said Trice.

According to Bolivar County Coroner Nate Brown, Ted Ray has been serving as the deputy coroner since the beginning of April.

"Mr. Ray is just helping us out during the drought while I am doing some things to help my father. Once I am done helping my father, I will then go back and help them. The matters of certification have been met, the paper work has just not been sent in," added Trice.

Newly appointed Deputy Coroner Ted Ray said he is serving in a full time position.

"Nate needed another deputy and he wanted someone who had experience. He offered me the position and I was required to go to the Crime Lab to be recertified," said Ray.

"You have to be certified and I think some of his deputies did not have a certain amount of hours in continuous education," he added.

Ray said he is excited about serving as a deputy coroner and he looks forward to working with the coroner.

Bolivar County Coroner Nate Brown said in order for a deputy coroner to receive certification they are required to attend sessions offered by the medical examiner office.

The State Medical Examiner’s Office monitors and maintains the certification of all coroners and deputy coroners within the state of Mississippi. 

The Medical Examiner’s Office participates in the education and training of the county coroners by providing a 40-hour training seminar to newly elected coroners, and by assisting with the bi-annual coroner’s conference.

"Deputy coroners must have at least 24 hours per year of continuous certified medical education training. These classes can be done at various locations such as district meetings and coroner meetings," said Brown.

"They can also attend an autopsy," he added.

Continuing medical education helps those in the medical field maintain competence and learn about new and developing areas of their field.

Trice said documents containing his certification information have been sent to state representatives and senators.

Sen. Willie Simmons said he received documents concerning Trice's certification but it was not sent to him from the Medical Examiner Office, it was given to him by Trice.

"A copy was also submitted to the chairman of the Bolivar County Board of Supervisors. All of these people have seen that the qualifications were met," said Trice.

A letter was given to president of the Bolivar County Board of Supervisors from the Medical Examiner Office, concerning Trice, during a regularly scheduled meeting.

The full content of the letter was not disclosed.

"Right now the decision on reinstatement is simply up to the state medical examiner. He assured me that he would reinstate my license. It is just a matter of him getting around to doing it," said Trice.

The Bolivar Commercial made several attempts to contact Mississippi Chief Medical Examiner Mark LeVaughn but he was not available.