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Chester County Coroner

Investigates all sudden, violent, traumatic or unexpected deaths. Determines cause of death by conducting inquests; performing autopsies; conducting pathological and toxicological analyses. Assures the individual’s proper identify and provides notification to the legal next of kin. Term of office: 4 years

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    Sophia Garcia-Jackson

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    Frank Speidel

Información Biográfica

Q. What education, training or experience have you had that makes you fit for the position as the Coroner?

Q. What are your top three goals to improve the operations of the office you are seeking as the Coroner?

Campaign Phone (484) 985-0356
Education Sophia obtained her Bachelor’s of Art degree from California State University, Chico with a major in Anthropology, a minor in Nutrition, and a certificate in Forensic Identification. She attended the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and received a Master’s of Science degree in Forensic Medicine.
Qualifications Sophia has been Chief Deputy Coroner of the Coroner’s Office since March 2020, she was promoted from First Deputy Coroner at the start of the Pandemic. She has been with the Coroner’s Office for 2 ½ years. Prior to that she worked for 6 years as a Medicolegal Death Investigator at a Medical Examiners Office in Southern New Jersey. She is certified by the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators and is working on the next level of certification. She also has a certificate by the Pennsylvania’s Coroners Education Board.
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Sophia obtained her Bachelor’s of Art degree from California State University, Chico with a major in Anthropology, a minor in Nutrition, and a certificate in Forensic Identification. She attended the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and received a Master’s of Science degree in Forensic Medicine.

During undergrad she had an internship with the Human Identification Lab where she assisted the University Professors on identification of human remains in criminal cases. She processed animal skeletal remains for their comparative collection in the Zooarchaology Lab. She also assisted in the training of criminal investigators for continuing education courses.

Sophia’s duties at the Chester Coroner’s Office include signing death certificates with cause and manner of death. Serving on various tasks forces: Child Fatality Review Board, Drug Overdose Task Force, Elder Abuse Task Force, Mass Fatalities Planning in conjunction with Chester County Department of Emergency Services. Managing the Coroner Office Budget. Managing all aspects of the Office: Administration, Death Investigation, Transportation. Being an on-call supervisor 24/7 providing back up for the on-call Coroner Investigator. Training new Investigators and Transporters. Back filling in the schedule to cover Investigator shifts by responding to scenes and investigating deaths, working all shifts including nights, weekends and Holidays.
Sophia’s top goals are working towards Chester County building a modern Forensic Facility to provide a better service to Chester County residents to both the deceased and their next of kin. Having only one location, instead of three, will save taxpayers money by cutting down transportation costs, avoid relying on nearby county facilities to handle examinations of unique cases and bring in revenue by having autopsy suite spaces available to rent.

Sophia plans to grow the office by adding positions such as a salaried Forensic Pathologist to help save the county money instead of paying per exam. This Pathologist would be able to give their full attention to the office by providing a better turnaround time for final reports and be more readily available to the next of kin. She also plans to add an additional full time autopsy technician to prevent burnout and injuries, and saving the county money instead of relying on other counties to perform autopsies when the only autopsy technician is away from the office.

Sophia plans to increase community awareness and transparency by providing more community outreach to include: Public Information Sessions, Education based presentations to High School and College Students, and information sessions to long-term care facilities, hospitals and hospice.
Campaign Phone (610) 235-7268
Education BA, Kalamazoo College, Physics, Oakley Prize winner in Physics; MBA, Wharton School Finance, Information Systems; MD Temple University School of Medicine; Residency in Emergency Medicine Medical College of Pennsylvania
Qualifications Decades of clinical practice in emergency medicine. Four decades of Board Certification by ABEM
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Years of clinical practice of emergency medicine has provided me awareness of the pathophysiology of disease, the complexity and nuance of disease and trauma. The specialty and practice of emergency medicine encompasses toxicology, environmental injuries, trauma, medicine and behavioral illnesses in both adults and children. In addition, during my service on active duty with the United States Navy as a Flight Surgeon, I have received education and training in nuclear, biologic and chemical warfare as well as formal training in aviation mishap investigations and human factors analysis.

Throughout my career I have provide leadership to my organizations at ever increasing levels of responsibility, from Department Head, Chief of Emergency Services, Chief Medical Officer, Chief Quality Officer, Privacy Officer, Compliance Officer and hospital CEO.

My service to community and country has included EMS Medical Director for both Chester County and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. I am a Gulf War Veteran and served proudly as Senior Medical Officer for the carrier USS Dwight D Eisenhower and Battle Force Red Sea. I have demonstrated I can perform, manage and succeed in critical, high stress, complex environments such as a pandemic.
COMPETENCY My opponent is not a physician. The Office is more than forensic files. In the time of a pandemic, you need more physician voices, not fewer. In the time of a pandemic, we need someone who has diagnosed and treated infectious diseases. No lecture can match being the Emergency Department Director for a level II Trauma Center for understanding trauma mechanisms. Emergency Medicine is the specialty that focuses on acute illness and injury across all ages. Nothing can match decades of treating the ill and injured to provide sure knowledge of the mechanisms and pathology that cause death. The above is simple technical competence. More important are decades of being there for family and loved ones on the worst day of their lives. Part of the Coroner’s function is being there when someone’s world falls apart, when all that truly counts is gone.