EUREKA- The Humboldt County Coroner celebrated his last day on the job on Friday. The Coroner’s Office. will now be under the umbrella of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. It's a move the Sheriff says will lead to increased efficiency.
"We're adding depth to the office. We're able to bring more staff to bear at one time for reporting purposes, for issues that we have here to deal with at the office. I don't want to minimize the excellent job that the current Coroner Dave Parris has done, and he has truly served the county very well in that position," said Sheriff Michael Downey with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.
Dave Parris has been the Humboldt County Coroner for the last six years. Before that, he served as a detective with the Eureka Police Department for 27 years and the Chief of the Yurok Tribal Police for two years. Parris says he looks forward to spending more time with his family and he will miss the people he worked with.
"Trying to manage a small team like that and also keep up the camaraderie and morale is not easy. But these people here are really gifted at being able to sell themselves towards the fact that they're really here to help people so that's been one of my biggest advantages here is the employees that we have working here and so I'm going to miss them," said Parris.