Discussion regarding a recently approved position in the Crawford County Coroner’s Office will be continued at a later date.
The Crawford County Personnel Committee approved a motion to table a request from County Coroner Pam Wells during its meeting at 6 p.m. Monday. The personnel committee approved a part-time chief deputy coroner position during its meeting March 18. The Crawford County Budget Committee approved appropriating $20,000 from the county general fund for the position from April through December during its meeting that same night. The Crawford County Quorum Court approved the position as well.
In an April 5 letter to District 12 Justice of the Peace and Budget Committee Chairman Elaina Damante that was included in the meeting packet, Wells said it is imperative the chief deputy coroner position be full-time. She stated the person currently in that position, Steve Edwards, had worked “well over 40 hours” that past week due to the office’s call demand.
“In addition to the daily operations of the forensic center, the coroner’s office has worked five crime scenes in the last five days, which require more than one person and numerous hours and days to complete,” Wells said. “We are also transporting more and more decedents in which the family has not been able to tell us or decide on a funeral home. As of this date, we have worked 111 deaths for the year. The coroner’s office cannot continue to operate without this position.”
Wells requested $14,044.23 to make the chief deputy coroner a full-time position until the end of the year.
In the Crawford County Quorum Court meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, the JPs approved a resolution expressing support for the application for an Automated Records System grant by the county circuit clerk and recorder.
The resolution states Crawford County, as a class five county, is eligible to apply for a grant from the Automated Records System Fund managed by the Association of Arkansas Counties and administered by the Automated Records System Fund Committee. The circuit clerk and recorder is applying for the grant, which is in the amount of $13,931.20, to have all the deed and mortgage index books scanned and imported into the county clerk’s current system. The conversion will make all deeds and mortgages recorded in Crawford County searchable electronically.