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Jeffco Schools 5A/5B helps provide security

Editor:

Never again in our district — not on our watch. These are words to live by when it comes to safety and security in Jeffco Schools, and one of the many  reasons I support Jeffco Schools 5A and 5B.

The mill levy override and bond will fund important security improvements in our schools. Funds from 5A will allow Jeffco to put more campus supervisors in middle schools, and more security personnel and School Resource Officers at all school levels.

Mill funds will also help to build increased and stronger partnerships between SROs and schools. Additional school training for lockdown drills could also be implemented with this additional funding.

The bond, 5B, will fund significant improvements in physical security to our schools. That includes interior door locks, improved security entrances and protocols, security signage, and safety window film for strategic areas. 

Timing is critical, and these bond funds will allow the district to put these safety features in place sooner to better protect all students, staff and educators. We must continue to improve safety and security in Jeffco, and we need your support to do that. 

I am asked, “What are you going to do?” and my response is “What are we going to do?” 

We must protect our children, our most precious commodities. Please vote yes on 5A and 5B.

Frank DeAngelis
Columbine High School principal 1996-2014

Weldon running for coroner

Editor:

I’m Thomas Weldon, and I’m running for Coroner.

I currently work for you as an investigator with the Jeffco Coroner’s Office. To date I have investigated more than 3,800 deaths in our county, I am certified by the Colorado Coroner’s Association and hold diplomate status with the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators nationally.

I am a former paramedic, having had a career spanning more than 30 years in the emergency medical services and have held the ranks of a lieutenant, captain and chief.

I’m a former nonprofit executive director and small business owner. Prior to coming to work for you in early 2012, I had worked for several years at Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs in the emergency department as a critical care technician and as a deputy coroner for Park County.

I decided to run for coroner more than two years ago knowing the position is term limited, and the importance of experience and capabilities specific to this profession are required for the continued success of the office.

As an elected office, the requirements are minimal to seek election. There is no demand for prior investigative experience or knowledge of the work we do, yet if elected, be expected to oversee and direct 10 investigators, three forensic pathologists, autopsy techs, administrative staff and a $2.1-million budget.

The JCCO remains the third busiest office in the state with more than 4,700 deaths reported annually. On average 13 deaths are reported daily. This is not an office that can provide on-the-job training to an unqualified elected official that will be compensated generously.

This office requires a skilled leader, with proven capabilities to do the investigative work when required, have working knowledge of the statutes we are guided by, possess skill sets that are specific to this profession and, have the credibility and working relationships that are necessary with the agencies our work parallels throughout a death investigation.

I urge everyone to research the statues for this office, CRS 10-30-606. The decisions your coroner makes have potential impact regarding estate and insurance settlements, the ability or inability to criminally prosecute as well as providing accurate statistics that may impact public health issues.

Please join Dr. Ben Galloway, our Jefferson County forensic pathologist for the past four decades, our current Coroner John Graham, Sheriff Jeff Shrader, District Attorney Pete Weir, Weld County Coroner Carl Blesch, Lakewood Mayor Adam Paul and the Fraternal Order of Police Lodges 18 & 21 in support of my campaign to serve you as your next coroner.

I am fully prepared to assume this role on the very first day of office and have the proven experience and leadership to do so. I ask for your vote and support.

Thomas Weldon
candidate for coroner