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Supervisors vote to consolidate sheriff’s and coroner’s offices

EUREKA- The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Friday to draft an ordinance consolidating the sheriff and coroner’s offices.

Both Sheriff Mike Downey and Coroner Dave Paris appeared before the board Friday morning, asking the supervisors to consider combining the offices. Both elected officials reasoned that the consolidation would save the county money and serve the people of Humboldt more effectively. The coroner announced his retirement earlier this week, pointing out the office’s lack of funds and under-staffing.

“Probably the most glaring thing about the current office is lack of staffing and funding source so I think with this consolidation, the office of the sheriff can offer a much better model to the community of Humboldt County in regards to coroner issues,” said Humboldt County Sheriff Mike Downey.

The ordinance will be brought back to the board on December 2. If approved, the consolidation will go into effect January 30.