Committees

Audit Committee: Chair Robert Lyons, Tuolumne County
To consist of a Chairperson and a minimum of one other member, to be appointed by the President for their expertise and knowledge. The chair and members shall be selected from the membership-at-large and may not hold an office on the Board.
The mission of the Audit Committee is to ensure fiscal accountability through a periodic review of the Association’s financial records. The Audit Committee will validate that financial records are in proper order, financial obligations are met and expenditures are in accordance with the by-laws, policies and procedures.

The mission of the Audit Committee is to ensure fiscal accountability through a periodic review of the Association’s financial records. The Audit Committee will validate that financial records are in proper order, financial obligations are met and expenditures are in accordance with the by-laws, policies and procedures.


CA-EMA Liaison and Coroner Mutual Aid Committee: (Acting) Chair Robert “Rocky” Shaw, San Bernardino Count
To consist of a Chairperson from the Executive Board appointed by the President. The Regional Mutual Aid Coordinators shall be members of this Committee. The Chairperson shall select other members from the Executive Board and the active membership-at-large for their knowledge and expertise.
The mission of the CA-EMA Liaison and Coroner Mutual Aid Committee is to maintain and revise as necessary the Coroner Mutual Aid system in coordination with the California Emergency Management Agency.


Education for Standards and Training Committee: Chair Rocky Shaw, San Bernardino County
To consist of a Chairperson from the Executive Board appointed by the President. The Chairperson shall select other members from the active membership-at-large for their knowledge and expertise. The Chairperson or his/her designee shall sit on the Coroner Curriculum Development Committee.
The mission of the Education for Standards and Training Committee is to establish and support quality training programs that advance the knowledge and specialized expertise of California’s Coroner and Medical Examiner professionals. The Committee shall establish and oversee a curriculum that the Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) uses in the instruction of Coroner functions. The ultimate goal is to promote “best practices” through training. This Committee will also review other training that is being presented on “Coroner functions.” This would include, but is not limited to, private specialty training classes and those promoted by other allied Law Enforcement Agencies/Associations. Through a collaborative partnership with POST, the Committee will establish strategic training priorities and ensure sufficient resources are available to meet the needs of California’s Coroner/Medical Examiner community.

The mission of the Education for Standards and Training Committee is to establish and support quality training programs that advance the knowledge and specialized expertise of California’s Coroner and Medical Examiner professionals. The Committee shall establish and oversee a curriculum that the Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) uses in the instruction of Coroner functions. The ultimate goal is to promote “best practices” through training. This Committee will also review other training that is being presented on “Coroner functions.” This would include, but is not limited to, private specialty training classes and those promoted by other allied Law Enforcement Agencies/Associations. Through a collaborative partnership with POST, the Committee will establish strategic training priorities and ensure sufficient resources are available to meet the needs of California’s Coroner/Medical Examiner community.


Legislative Committee: Chair Robert “Rocky” Shaw, San Bernardino County
To consist of the Executive Board and members selected from the membership-at-large. The President of the Association or his/her designee shall automatically act as Chairperson of the Legislative Committee.

The mission of the Legislative Committee is to advise the California Legislature and related federal agencies on decisions that influence the practice and science of medicolegal death investigation inclusive of all related support functions and mandates. The Legislative Committee is charged with educating Members of the Legislature on the impact of proposed legislation impacting California State Coroners Association (CSCA) members and advocating for new legislation, appropriations matters and changes to existing laws and regulations for the benefit of California Coroners, Medical Examiners, and the citizens they serve. The Committee assists in building consensus on public policy issues affecting medicolegal death investigation and Coroner/Medical Examiner mandates, communicating these positions to relevant parties, facilitating relationships between the CSCA members and their elected representatives, and disseminating timely information to the general membership.


Nominating Committee: Chair Dennis Watt, Placer County
To consist of members to be appointed by the President.

The mission of the Nominating Committee is to nominate a slate of officers for the Association.


Programs Committee: Chair Robert Foucrault, San Mateo County & Co-chair Dennis Smithson, Kern County
Programs Committee: Chair Robert Foucrault, San Mateo County & Co-chair Dennis Smithson, Kern Couty
To consist of a Chairperson from the Executive Board appointed by the President. The Chairperson shall select other members from the active membership-at-large or the Executive Board.

The mission of the Programs Committee is twofold: (1) Establish and maintain programs that enhance membership value and attract medicolegal death investigation professionals and other related professions. (2) Identify and execute revenue generation strategies. Subject to Presidential approval, the Committee shall have the authority to engage the expert services of such persons as are necessary to accomplish the Committee’s mission.


Public Relations and Publications Committee: Chair Tom Wright, Tulare County & PIO Greg Wyatt Sacramento County
To consist of a Chairperson and a public information officer from the Executive Board appointed by the President. The Chairperson shall select other members from the active membership-at-large for their knowledge and expertise and may enlist other members of the Executive Board to co-chair the newsletter publication.

The mission of the Public Relations and Publications Committee is to manage internal and external communication for the Association by providing reliable information pertaining to Coroner/Medical Examiner issues. The Committee shall disseminate relevant information and notice of CSCA events to the membership through a regular newsletter or advertisement flyer, design publications that promote a professional image of the Association, maintain relationships with other organizations and professional Associations through liaisons, and provide timely responses to questions or concerns from the public though a designated public information officer. Subject to Presidential approval, the Committee shall have the authority to engage the expert services of such persons as are necessary to accomplish the Committee’s mission.


Strategic Planning Committee: Chair TBA
To consist of Executive Board members and the Executive Secretary. The President of the Association or his/her designee shall automatically act as Chairperson of the Strategic Planning Committee. The Committee may delegate, as it deems appropriate, its responsibilities and duties to subcommittees or individual members of the Committee. Subject to Presidential approval, the Committee shall have the authority to engage the expert services of such persons as are necessary to accomplish the Committee’s mission.

The mission of the Strategic Planning Committee is to anticipate future trends and challenges impacting the medicolegal death investigation profession and determine the best strategies to advance the Association’s mission, vision and goals. The Strategic Planning Committee shall establish the overall priorities and direction of the Association, monitor progress, review results, and make adjustments as necessary.


Website and Social Media Committee: Chair Julio Estrada, San Diego County
To consist of a Chairperson from the Executive Board appointed by the President. The Chairperson shall select other members from the Executive Board and/or active membership-at-large for their knowledge and expertise.

The mission of the Website and Social Media Committee is to utilize the Association’s website and other social media to disseminate information of interest to the Association membership and the general public. The Committee is responsible for ensuring relevance, quality and consistency of content, organization, and presentation of information. Subject to Presidential approval, the Committee shall have the authority to engage the expert services of such persons as are necessary to accomplish the Committee’s mission.