Mark Stratmoen. Photo provided.

(Riverton, Wyo.) – Fremont County Chief Deputy Coroner Mark Stratmoen is announcing his intention to seek the office of the Coroner in the 2014 election.

With the retirement of current Coroner Ed McAuslan, Chief Deputy Stratmoen states: “The Coroner is the advocate and voice for the deceased and the deceased’s family, to insure that the manner and cause of death is accurately determined. During Coroner McAuslan’s terms, the people of Fremont County have been served in a responsible and respectful way in their time of need, and it is my desire to see that professionalism and policy continued.”

Stratmoen, a Republican, has worked for the Coroner’s Office for fifteen years as a deputy, seven as Chief Deputy and has been the department administrator for 10 years. In addition, he is a Medical-Legal Death Investigator on the Federal Region VIII DMORT team in the case of mass fatality disasters, and responded to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He also received the 2009 ‘Coroner of the Year’ award from the Wyoming Peace Officers Association.

He said he will also support the effort begun by McAuslan to hire a forensic pathologist for the county.

“This can be a difficult public service to the people, and it has been my honor to fulfill the role of Chief Deputy these past years. During what is probably the worst times for the families, they deserve the best and most experienced efforts,” Stratmoen says, “So I am asking the people of Fremont County to consider me for the office of the Coroner.”