Pam Wells has announced she will seek re-election as Crawford County coroner.

Wells began her career in January 2003 as a deputy coroner and became chief deputy in 2004. She was first elected to the office that same year and became coroner in 2005.

The coroner has the duty of determining the cause and manner of death, Wells said.

“We are required to go to any unattended death, hospitals if the death occurs within 24 hours, nursing homes, fatalities, suicides, homicides, accidents and in some cases, hospice deaths,” she said. “The death of a loved one by natural causes is just as devastating to the family as a death involving crime.”

Wells said she experienced the devastation personally just last year, when she unexpectedly lost her husband to natural causes.

As coroner, Wells said he has investigated many crime scene locations and deaths.

She is a certified medicolegal death Investigator and has completed numerous training classes and seminars. She also is certified in sudden unexplained death investigation. As of last year, all of her staff but two are certified in these fields. All deputies have been properly trained to perform their required duties.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the citizens of Crawford County and pledge to continue to develop and to educate my office to better serve the families in our county,” Wells said. “I will continue to serve with compassion and professionalism as the citizens deserve. My office will always take the necessary time to assure the family that the proper steps are being taken in a dignified and respectful manner.”

Wells resides in Alma and was married to the late Charlie Wells. Together they shared three daughters, three grandsons and a granddaughter. She is a member of the Arkansas Coroner’s Association where she serves as secretary. She is also on the education committee, executive board and the legislative committee. She is a member of the Van Buren GFWC Women’s League, the Infant and Child Death Review Panel for seven counties, a CASA board member, a 2012 graduate of Leadership County and a licensed real estate agent.

“I would like to thank the citizens of Crawford County for the privilege of serving as your Coroner and ask for your continued support in the upcoming election” Wells said.