Letter - Greenwood is hardworking, skilled coroner


It has been my honor to be a professional colleague of Richard Greenwood for the past 3½ years. I have been witness to Richard bringing credibility back to the Walla Walla County Coroner’s Office.

I have attended several training conferences with Richard and have always been impressed with his skill and knowledge as a medicolegal death investigator.

Richard is liked and respected by coroners and forensic pathologists all across Washington state.

Richard’s insight and courage in calling for a coroner’s inquest last year was very beneficial to the citizens of Walla Walla. An emotional and possible volatile situation was handled in a fair and professional manner, where people were heard and justice was served.

In my opinion it would be a mistake for the citizens of Walla Walla County to replace a capable, hardworking and skilled coroner such as Richard Greenwood with a chiropractor or the previous coroner.

Roy W. McLean

Chief Deputy Coroner

Franklin County


WWFYI 1 year, 4 months ago

The County Coroner’s Office for the 30 years preceding Richard Greenwood getting elected Coroner in 2010 was a problem department for the County Commissioners. The Commissioners said that they would regularly receive complaint after complaint filed against the two previous Coroners. The Commissioners have also stated recently that they have received no complaints about the Coroner’s Office since Richard Greenwood was elected in 2010. The previous two Coroner’s over a 30 year period left 305 cremated remains in the basement without a proper burial. These were 305 people with a heart and a soul!

Here is a quote from the Re-elect Richard Greenwood Facebook page about what he did with the cremated remains the previous two Coroners left in the basement: “Out of 305 cremations in the office, Mr. Greenwood, partnered with the College Place VFW, identified 15 honorably discharged Veterans and put them to rest at the Medical Lake Cemetery. The remaining 290 deceased were laid to rest in a pre-established public crypt at the Mountain View Cemetery. With their teamwork, 305 remains were properly buried and by using resources already available to him, this didn't cost the taxpayers a dollar extra.”


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