Pam Wells has announced she will seek her sixth term as Crawford County coroner.

As coroner, Wells is responsible for determining the cause and manner of death.

"I also strive to assist the families with any needs that they may have during the most difficult time of their life," she said.

Wells said she and her staff are fully certified in the collection of forensic evidence and have completed required training and various seminars conducted by the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory.

"My staff and I meet or exceed all current training requirements as well as any of the new state-proposed training requirements," she said.

Wells said she is proud of the high level of cooperation between the coroner’s office and the various law enforcement agencies in the state.

"I place a great deal of emphasis on exhibiting compassion and understanding when dealing with victims and families," she said. "It is important to me that my staff of seven deputy coroners all have the same values. My office will always take the necessary time to assure the families that the proper steps are being taken in a dignified and respectful manner."

Wells began her career with the coroner’s office in 2003 as a deputy coroner, then served as chief deputy coroner for two years prior to being elected coroner in 2005.

"I currently serve as secretary of the Arkansas State Coroner’s Association as well as a charter member of the newly formed Coroner Education Committee, which will work with the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy to develop a mandatory training program for all coroners and their deputies."

Wells is a member of the Arkansas Child Death Task Force which reviews deaths of children 18 years of age and younger, 2012 graduate of Leadership Crawford County and member of the GFWC Women’s League of Van Buren.

She has lived in Crawford County since 1982. Wells and her husband Charles have three children and five grandchildren.

"It is an honor to serve the citizens of Crawford County as your coroner and I asked for you continued support and voting in the upcoming 2014 elections," Wells said.