Columbia County Clerk Holly Tanner is pleased to endorse Carmen Martino, who is the Republican and Conservative nominee for Columbia County Coroner. “I am honored to be able to officially endorse Carmen Martino for the position of Coroner for Columbia County. Carmen has excellent qualifications for this position, as a retired State Trooper, Carmen will bring to the position a sense of calm and his professional expertise to what can be a tense and emotional situation. Carmen is well known in the community having been born and raised here his entire life, and his background makes him the perfect choice for voters on November 6,” stated Tanner.
Carmen Martino is currently serving as one of three coroners in Columbia County, having been appointed by the Board of Supervisors in July due to the resignation of recently elected Cricket Coleman. “Resumes of potential coroners were received and reviewed by the Public Safety committee, at which time it was determined that Carmen Martino’s background, experience and abilities were the best fit for the job,” stated Chairman of the Board Matt Murell.
Carmen was also endorsed by the Columbia County Conservative Party and will be on the Republican and Conservative lines. Brian Gardner, Chairman of the Conservative Party in Columbia County said of Martino “He is the best person for the job. The Coroner position needs a person who has the ability to not only assess the situation but who can interact with family and friends of the deceased in a compassionate yet professional manner. Carmen’s law enforcement background lends itself perfectly to this job. I was happy to see him appointed by the Board and already serving the community in this position, and I encourage everyone to support him on Election Day.”
One of the other two coroners in the county has a law-enforcement background as well, in former Sheriff Jim Bertram. “I’ve known Carmen his whole life, he has the right background for this position and he is doing an excellent job already,” stated Bertram. “He is reliable and is able to go out on calls all hours of the day and night.”
The office of the coroner does NOT determine cause of death, as was recently stated in another press release. The coroner does not act as a medical doctor nor in any way performs any medical determinations. You do not need to have a medical background to be a county coroner. However, have a law enforcement background is extremely helpful, both in using that past experience of how to handle difficult and potentially gruesome situations, but also the contacts and connections with various law enforcement agencies, medical personnel including EMS and others.
Carmen over his 23 year law enforcement career has been witness to many different situations – including murder investigations and other very intense situations. As a trooper you are trained to not only act in a professional, calm manner in any number of situations, you also have a natural ability to act in a compassionate way and make sure that questions are answered for the victim’s family. “Knowing Carmen for as long as I have, I think he will continue to serve all residents of Columbia County in a compassionate and sensitive manner and will also continue to work effectively with the other coroners to ensure that our residents receive the best possible care during a difficult time,” stated Tanner.