Supervisors to finalize sheriff and coroner consolidation

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EUREKA- The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors is wrapping up 2014 and on Tuesday’s meeting agenda they will finalize the consolidation of the sheriff and coroner’s offices.

The consolidation will go into effect on January 30th. At that time, Sheriff Mike Downey will become Humboldt County’s new coroner. Although the supervisors have heard some concerns about the merger, they say it will make the department run more efficiently.

“It’s a win-win,” 1st District Supervisor Rex Bohn said. “He’ll be able to cross train some officers so they can actually react quicker and respond quicker. So I think we'll see some efficiencies and save some money. That's the whole idea, we have to cut expenses and utilize our efficiencies and both Sheriff Downey and Coroner Parris have said this is the way to do it.”

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, the supervisors will disband nine committees, including the budget task force, and will appoint board members to new committees for 2015. The board also intends to approve funding for nine firewise projects across the county under its title 3 small grant program. If approved, the board will award $66,964 to community wildfire education and fire safe planning.