Revelstoke to get coroner

The BC Coroners Service is hiring in Revelstoke, a move that will hopefully fill a void in the community.

The BC Coroners Service is hiring in Revelstoke, a move that will hopefully fill a void that has been missing in the community for a number of years.

“We can tell you we’re seeking a suitable person to serve in the coroner’s position just to service Revelstoke,” said Barb McLintock, a spokesperson for the coroners service. “We don’t want to get too enthusiastic because in many of the smaller communities we do find that it takes time to find the right person and get them trained. There are unique staffing, training and logistical challenges.”

Revelstoke has been without a coroner for years, and instead the service has been provided by Tim Loader out of Golden. Often that has led to extensive delays in the coroner reaching the scene of an accident, delaying investigations.

Last year, McLintock said Revelstoke was without a coroner because there wasn’t enough cases here to warrant hiring one. She said a change in the way staffing is determined has meant they are now seeking applications for a coroner based out of Revelstoke.

“We like to provide communities with the best service we can if we can find a way to make it work,” she said.

 

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