Mason County Coroner Wes Stockwell has announced that he will seek re-election this fall.
Stockwell was first elected coroner in 2006. He is a 1976 Shelton High School graduate and a retired supervisor with the Washington State Patrol. He has a masters degree in public administration and cites his years of investigative and supervisory experience as having prepared him for his role as coroner. He has trained with the New York City Medical Examiner’s Office and obtained certification from the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators.
Stockwell and his deputies are on call 24 hours a day to respond to approximately 250 non-medically attended deaths each year.
Recent accomplishments for the coroner’s office include the purchase of a mass fatality/disaster response trailer and the pre-positioning of coroner disaster response supplies in strategic locations throughout the county. The coroner has also been working with public health officials to address the opioid epidemic.
Stockwell says that the most rewarding aspect of his job is being able to help the families and loved ones of the deceased through difficult times. His office also participates in The Forgotten, Run to Tahoma, a ceremony honoring unclaimed veterans’ whose remains are escorted to Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent for burial.