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Board appoints new county coroner

Posted on 07/28/2020
Board appoints new county coroner

The Coroner’s Office has gained new leadership as the Weld County Board of Commissioners appointed Dr. Michael Burson Weld County Coroner. Burson replaces Carl Blesch, who will continue assisting the office administratively in a part-time role.

“We’re excited to welcome Dr. Burson as the new coroner,” Commissioner Chair Mike Freeman said. “We appreciate Carl Blesch’s service as coroner and are confident Dr. Burson has the traits, experience and skills needed to continue excellent leadership in the office.”

Blesch said the combination of Dr. Burson’s experience and presence in the community more than qualified him to be the new coroner. He’s worked as the principal forensic pathologist in the Coroner’s Office for 10 years and has earned the trust of many in Weld County including police, doctors, the District Attorney, and staff. He is also an elected member of the Colorado Coroner’s Association — a position he’s held since 2016.

“It seemed time for me to take a lessor role,” said Blesch, who has worked in public safety since 1972 and as the Weld County Coroner since 2017. “Dr. Burson is the best choice for this position, and I look forward to working with him. I recommended Dr. Burson to the board because I felt with his experience as a forensic pathologist, his experience teaching, his knowledge of community, and knowledge of our Coroner’s Office, he was the best person.”

Beyond his work as a forensic pathologist, Dr. Burson has experience in the medical and academic fields. He holds a Ph.D in Physiology and Pharmacology from Oregon Health and Science University and an M.D. from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He’s taught Physiology in the United States Air Force, at City College of San Francisco and at the College of Emergency Medicine in Portland, Oregon. He’s also lectured at National Jewish Medical and Research Center in Denver.

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