Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office prepares to take over coroner duties

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EUREKA- The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is preparing for a rapid transition that will make Sheriff Mike Downey, the county’s new coroner and public administrator.

On Tuesday the Board of Supervisors voted to pass an ordinance consolidating the two offices. Effective January 30, Coroner Dave Parris will retire, passing his responsibilities on to the sheriff. With just two months to prepare for the new role, the sheriff’s office says they are working to make the transition as smooth as possible.

“In the transition there's going to be some bumps and a learning curve so we're going to do our best to maintain that public service throughout that whole time and make sure that the county doesn't and the people don't see any changes in service,” said Humboldt County Undersheriff Bill Honsal. “That’s the important thing, that the service will still be there when the need arises the coroner will respond to take care of things.”

The supervisors will officially adopt the ordinance at their next meeting on December 9.