Coroner Romann’s career spans more than 33 years serving the grieving public of which, 21 years as a board-certified Medicolegal Death Investigator (MDI) working in both urban and regional medical examiner’s and coroner’s offices in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Colorado. She has conducted approximately 60,200 death investigations and is one of only 271 current MDIs in her field who has achieved the highest level of tested certification from the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (F-ABMDI 185).
She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota’s College of Medicine, Department of Mortuary Science and through much of her career has worked in her offices that handled upwards of 3,500 cases annually. She has personally participated in thousands of autopsies, supervised a staff of up to 27 death investigators and autopsy assistants, written manuals on policy and procedure and mass fatality, and trained law enforcement detectives, college interns, Medicolegal Death Investigators and autopsy assistants. She also currently teaches forensics at Douglas County Schools. Under the Coroner’s direction, the medicolegal death investigators (MDIs) of Douglas County are Colorado Coroner’s Association Certified, certified with the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigation; three of which are Board Certified. Coroner Office investigators are medically and forensically trained and are able to make concise decisions about how best to serve the public.
The Douglas County Coroner’s Office is recognized by Lion’s Eye bank and Donor Alliance as the highest Donor agency in all 64 Colorado Counties. The National Institute of Justice and the National Commission on Forensic Science, in 2015, recommended that all medicolegal death investigation systems be accredited by the end of the year 2020. The Douglas County Coroner’s Office, met that national standard as promised in the last election. The Douglas County Coroner’s Offices is one out of only two of the 64 Colorado counties that met that challenge and one out of 27 in the nation that met the national standards and was accredited. Among other recognized achievements through conservative fiscal management, the cost per case has dropped by 18%.
With a background that involves working in every area of responsibility of the coroner’s office, Coroner Romann’s belief is that all death investigations should be done with a deep sense of compassion and humility for the family.