BOULDER — An emergency-room doctor is challenging Boulder County’s incumbent coroner, saying a breath of fresh air is needed in the office of the death investigator.
Lisa Jo Floyd said she is running because she thinks Boulder County residents are ready for a change.
“I think it’s going to be tough, but I’m excited about it,” she said.
In talks with Boulder County residents, Floyd said she’s found that county residents want a doctor to fill the position.
But incumbent Coroner Tom Faure, who is not a doctor, wants to keep his job to maintain a high quality of service he says he and his staff have provided to Boulder County residents since 2003.
“I think we’ve put together, over the years, a very good team that has served the public well in some very challenging cases as well as the day-to-day cases they expect,” he said.
Faure, a Democrat, served as chief medical examiner under former county Coroner Dr. John Meyer, who stepped down in 2002 because of a Colorado law limiting elected officials to two terms in office. Meyer now serves as the office’s deputy coroner and chief pathologist.
The 54-year-old Faure, who began working in the office in 1987, said the best part of his job is “the ability to help answer questions for family members in a very difficult time.”
Floyd said she is well-versed in doing just that, as her job often requires her to speak compassionately with families.
“I am the bearer of bad news to people every day when I go to work,” she said.
Floyd, 39, said she believes her nine years of experience as a physician makes her well qualified for the job, though she has never worked in a coroner’s office.
“It’s the same job, just in a different form,” she said. “The only difference is that I would be dealing with someone who is deceased.”