efferson County Coroner Chad Kelley has announced his intention to seek another term in the 2018 Democratic Party primary.

“I am honored and humbled to announce my re-election bid for a sixth term as your Jefferson County Coroner,” Kelley said. “I am the most qualified person to be the Jefferson County Coroner due to the experience and training that I have received. I care greatly about the people of Jefferson County and the Coroner’s Office and want to continue the procedures that have been in place since the Coroner’s Position was made full-time in 1978 by the Jefferson County Quorum Court.”

“I have strong ties to Pine Bluff/Jefferson County as I am a life-long member of the community and am proud to call it Home,” he said. “I was born in October of 1976 to James R. ‘Rick’ Kelley and Linda K. Tidwell-Kelley. I grew up in the Sulphur Springs Community of Pine Bluff, graduated from Watson Chapel High School in May of 1995 and graduated as an Honor Graduate from Southeast Arkansas College.”

Kelley said he has been associated with the coroner’s office since he was 16 years old.

“For the last nine years, I have worked as your coroner. Eight years prior to that, I worked for the previous Coroner Holly Watkins-Sperry as her Chief Deputy Coroner/Office Administrator.”

Some of Kelley’s achievements over the last 17 years include:

Received certificate completing two hour training program in Vital Records Registration for Death Certificates Received certificate completing 16 hours in Child Injury Investigation Received certificate completing 16 hours in Domestic Related Homicides Received certificate completing training on the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program/CSEPP Chemical Awareness Received certificate completing “The Medicolegal Death Investigator Training Course” at Saint Louis University School of Medicine sponsored by the Division of Forensic & Environmental Pathology Received certificate completing “The Medicolegal Master’s Death Investigator Course” at Saint Louis University School of Medicine sponsored by the Division of Forensic & Environmental Pathology.

Some of Kelley’s community involvements include:

Participate with Jefferson Regional Medical Center / University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences – Family Practice Center “Mash” program Member of Children’s Advocacy Center Committee Member of Arkansas Counties Coroner’s Association Member of Democratic Central Committee