The Union County coroner’s race is over, the special election votes counted, the runoff conducted, and the winner named. It was a grueling, but important, process whittling 13 candidates down to one – Pam Boman.
We think those voters who participated, and it was less than a quarter of the registered voters in the first election and less than 8 percent in the runoff, came up with a responsible choice.
Boman, who is 46, has more than 25 years experience in EMS/ambulance service and is the former EMS manager for Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County where she earned the respect of many for her dealings with the general public during times of stress, and sometimes worse.
She is a part of the state Department of Health Med 2 team, and works with various emergency management and disaster response organizations.
We think Boman has the experience and reputation to restore credibility to the coroner’s office, which has brought statewide embarrassment to our county under the administration of Mark Golding. Golding resigned and later pleaded guilty in connection with submitting false claims totaling more than $276,000 to the Union County Board of Supervisors.
To us, the coroner/medical examiner’s office is about two things: compassion, care and concern in dealing with distraught families, and a matter-of-fact attention to detail that fits in well with the health care community and law enforcement.
We think Boman is well qualified in both areas. We congratulate her on her election as coroner/medical examiner.