Jefferson County Coroner Chad Kelley has announced he will be a candidate for reelection in the 2022 Democratic primary.

Kelley was elected the first time in 2008 and took office in 2009. He has served six terms as coroner and before being elected, was a deputy coroner for four years, then Chief Deputy Coroner for four years.

Kelley told Deltaplex News why he is the best candidate for the job.

He has received certifications in Vital Records Registration for Death Certificates, Child Injury Investigation, Domestic Related Homicides, and completed the Medicolegal Death Investigator Training Courts and Medicolegal Master Death Investigator Course at St. Louis University School of Medicine sponsored by the Division of Forensic and Environmental Pathology.

A native of Pine Bluff, Kelley is a graduate of Watson Chapel High School and an honor graduate of Southeast Arkansas College.

He has also worked closely with County Judge Gerald Robinson on the design and construction of the new 9,000 square foot U.S. Brown Coroner’s Office at the corner of 2nd Avenue and Convention Center Drive and said he looks forward to getting it up and running.

Kelley also talked about one of the programs he is currently working on.

He is also working on continuing education for the deputy coroner’s so that they will be certified by the State of Arkansas as Certified Medical Death Investigators.