Candidate Profile: Clarissa King
by Alan Reed --
Apr 12, 2006 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Clarissa King, running for Trigg County Coroner, feels that compassion is the prime virtue within her aspired position. Having been in the funeral business for 15 years, she says she has worked with families and understands the need for professionalism. “I try to find ways to make a trying time a bit easier for families.”

King has been a life long Trigg County resident, having graduated from Trigg County High School in 1989. She attended Hopkinsville Community College, and is currently a licensed funeral director, in addition to holding an insurance agent’s license. She is currently seeking credentials to be an embalmer.

She is married to the co-owner of the King Funeral Home, Todd King, and is the mother of two children.

Though she has never served as a deputy coroner as her opponent, John Mark Vinson has, she feels she is just as competent to assume the position. “The real training comes once a candidate is elected to the position. Beyond that, I will seek additional training and seminars and seek to become more efficient in the position. I do not feel like I am challenged because he’s the deputy coroner now.”

King is mostly satisfied with the current coroner’s administration, though her husband, and business partner Todd King stated one change they believed in. “When (Mrs. King) appoints a deputy coroner, she will be going outside our business and family, to get the best individual for the job.”

Mrs. King also does not feel disadvantaged by Vinson’s experience last summer in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. “I don’t see that as making a difference in our credentials. I can’t knock that from him, but I focus on this community first.”

As far as her plans go for preparing for a mass-casualty event here in Trigg County, Mrs. King feels confident. “We can call upon other coroners from around the state, as well as federal and state agencies. Given the training available, I would feel confident taking a role of leadership in those circumstances.”

The Coroner is required to determine cause of death, as well as identify bodies. With that in mind, Mrs. King said, “I have a rapport with law enforcement and the relationships needed to deal with emergency deaths.” She did comment that she felt that there was “nothing wrong” with current levels of communication between the coroner’s office and law enforcement.

Asked why she chose a career in the mortuary profession, King smiled, recalling the decision fondly. “I always wanted to be in the medical field, and was considering nursing. I was in school when I met Todd who was in the funeral business. He got me interested, and I opted to study that, where I found a deep sense of satisfaction.”

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