Jeffco coroner candidate profile: Annette Cannon, Democrat

Posted 6/12/22

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Jeffco coroner candidate profile: Annette Cannon, Democrat

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Bio: Dr. Cannon currently is the Jefferson County Coroner and is an RN with over 35 years of experience.  Her education includes an MSN in Nursing, MA in Management, and a PhD in Healthcare Administration. She has experience as a Psychiatric nurse, Forensic nurse, and as a Nurse Educator and Leader, and was previously an NR-EMT.  She is certified as a Medicolegal Death Investigator through ABMDI.

Why are you running for Coroner?

As your Jefferson County Coroner, I am running for re-election to continue serving the people of Jeffco and to continue with the great strides that have been made since I was elected in 2018. The people of Jeffco deserve to have a coroner's office that is professional, competent, and compassionate. To me, there is also something very special about keeping commitments, along with being a custodian for the deceased, and a custodian of justice. 

What is your biggest strength as a candidate?

My biggest strength as a candidate is my years of experience as your Coroner, my certification and experience as a death investigator through the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators and the Colorado Coroners Association, my medical background and training, my management experience, and my experience as an RN and as a forensic Nurse. I am very committed and dedicated to my role as Jeffco Coroner, and serving with professionalism, honesty, and compassion. 

How do you plan to recruit enough qualified people to work for your office, and how do you plan to retain current employees? 

I plan to recruit enough qualified people to work in my office by continuing to adhere to the standards and qualifications required by certifications through the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators and the expectations for experience and education set by the office. I plan to retain current employees by continuing to provide them with a great working environment, addressing their needs, and by continuing to advocate for them on a personal and career level. I will continue a focus on equity, diversity, and inclusion for all staff and have an expectation of respect for one another. 

Do you think the Coroner's office should have a role in informing/educating on public health trends?

I think the Coroner plays an important role in both informing and educating on public health trends. We provide statistics to other departments and reporting systems on a regular basis. We collaborate with Jeffco Public Health on many levels, but we also provide education and training to the public, schools, colleges, organizations, law enforcement, fire and EMS, businesses, and the district attorney's office, along with any other requests we receive from the public. We provide statistics on our website for the public and we are available to answer any questions.

Anything else you want voters to know?

I take my role as Coroner very seriously.  I have been active, engaged, and transparent in these very turbulent, unprecedented times, to reach a higher level of professionalism and to gain recognition in the community, and among other coroner offices.  I have provided safety, stability, and a high level of ethics in a time of increasing mass fatality deaths, and increasing demands and pressure from the public and media. I continue to advocate for the office and staff, and remain dedicated to my position as your Jeffco Coroner.

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