KITSAP COUNTY NEWS RELEASE
|| December 28, 2015
Tony Stewart, Chief Deputy Coroner
Coroner's Office receives accreditation
(Kitsap County, WA) - The
International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners (IAC&ME) recently
announced that the Kitsap County Coroner's Office has received accreditation
by the association. The Kitsap County Coroner's Office self submitted to
this process for the purpose of ensuring the operating policies, procedures
and practices are within international guidelines.
The Kitsap County Coroner's Office was subjected to review of 130 standards
including administrative, forensic, investigative, and facility review. The
IAC&ME requires 100% compliance of mandatory standards and 90% of all
The IAC&ME extends its compliments to Kitsap County for submitting to this
level of review. "When an agency elects to subject themselves to this
process it clearly indicates their desire to stand to peer review and
demonstrates to the public and stakeholders a strong desire to provide
excellence in service provision," according to a spokesperson from the
group. The completion of this process which is for five years indicates a
professionalism and compassion by the Kitsap County Coroner's Office.
"We are very excited and proud to have met this goal," said Tony Stewart,
Chief Deputy Coroner. "Throughout the process we discovered that we have
been doing most things the right way all along. The accreditation affirms
this and presented some opportunities to incorporate additional best
management practices in our operation," Stewart added.
"The process involved many hours ensuring our policies were up-to-date. It
also allowed us to implement new training and procedures to improve the
performance of our operations," said County Coroner Greg Sandstrom. "Through
the work of all our staff, and Tony's diligence, we were able to meet these
standard in only five months," Sandstrom added. Kitsap County is one of only
26 counties nationwide to obtain this accreditation.
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