Prevention through Consistent, Competent & Compassionate Investigations
In emotional times of sudden loss families deserve respect, understanding, & professionalism. Deborah brings this and more to the role of Kittitas County Coroner. Using evidence-based injury prevention strategies, with over 25 years of experience as a death investigator, Robinson's education uniquely qualifies her.
The County Coroner is the elected official tasked with overseeing the medicolegal system of a county. The medicolegal system is a confluence of investigative and medical skills sets. The Coroner is responsible for the final culmination of both the investigative and the medical side of a death investigation for deaths in their jurisdictions
In order to investigate the manner of death the County Coroner has legal authority to properly carry out their job, such as: Subpoena powers, HIPPA exemptions for medical records. After gathering the investigative materials a Coroner may determined that the manner of death was Natural, Accidental, Homicidal, Suicidal, or Undetermined
The County Coroner investigates all deaths that are:
*Violent, sudden or unusual *Related to Accident or Injury, either old or recent
*Unattended by a physician in the last 20 days (other than hospice)
*Homicide, Suicide, or Accident *Sudden & Unexplained Infant Death
Deborah Robinson of Ellensburg has launched her campaign for Kittitas County Coroner. She wants to be a champion for the bereaved and traumatized. Dealing with death or injury is not easy and having someone with her experience and compassion and dedication would be helpful for bringing the office of the coroner up to best practices. Deborah lost her son to SIDS-Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in 1991 and has been a passionate champion to assist others with comfort and information. Many of the deaths that come to the jurisdiction of the coroner could have been prevented. Prevention of deaths is fiscally and morally the best strategy. This would include such strategies as safe infant sleep, suicide prevention, drowning prevention, homicide reduction, accident reductions and reduction of traffic fatalities to name a few. She also wants to make Child Fatality Review and Elder Fatality Review a priority, so the lessons learned in each manner of death can help protect the living. Deborah is an Infant Death Investigator and CEO of SUID Investigations. She is uniquely qualified as a national expert on infant death scene investigations with over 27 years of content expertise. She has been recognized for her state and national contributions. Her work was accepted for publication in the Journal of Forensic Science & Cambridge Medicine Investigation of Sudden Infant Death. She began participating in 2004 on a Centers for Disease Control working group developing national guidelines on sudden and unexplained infant death. The eventual result was the SUIDI (Sudden Unexplained Infant Death Investigation) reporting form. She also participated in the first national training academy for Sudden Unexplained Infant Deaths initiative and has provided training to over 6000 first responders, investigators and others. She has been trained in the Basic and Master’s level on Medicolegal Death Investigations and is a member of the Washington Association of Public Safety Trainers & Educators, the International Association of Coroners & Medical Examiner’s, SUDC Medical Advisory Committee, Women Marine Association & past member of Washington Association of Sheriffs & Police Chiefs. She has a varied background as a deputy sheriff (R), United States Marine, Deputy Director of the SIDS Foundation of Washington and business owner. You may see her doing many things in our community as well as at Robinson Plant Company in downtown Roslyn. Deborah knows how to strategize, plan, complete the task and serve others. She believes that every death every time needs to be investigated in a complete, comprehensive and compassionate manner.
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