Vicki DeGeus-Morris; Coroner,
started with the Canyon County Coroner's Office in 1985, under Coroner Dale G. Haile. She was promoted to Chief Deputy in 1988, and elected to the office of Coroner in 1990, taking office in 1991. Vicki retired from the Wilder Quick Response Unit in 1997 after having served as a volunteer EMT for 20 years, some of which as the president of the organization. Vicki has continued her education in death investigation and in 1996 was selected to the American Board of Forensic Examiners as a Board Certified Forensic Examiner with a Fellowship of the College.
Steve Rhodes, Chief Deputy Coroner, started with the Coroner's Office in 1991 when Vicki took office. Steve is the Chief and volunteer firefighter/EMT with the Wilder Rural Fire Protection District. He is a former reserve officer for the Parma and Wilder Police Departments, as well as the past Mayor and City Councilman of Wilder. He has continued his education in death investigation throughout his time with the Coroner's Office.
Lori Kightlinger joined the coroner’s office in 2011. A former Boise State University student whose major was Social work. She had spent 3 years as an assistant to the Elko County Coroner in Nevada working death investigations. Before that she owned her own company for 15 years and worked in substance abuse treatment. She is a registered Medicolegal Death Investigator through the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators. Her education in the field of forensic science is ongoing here at the Coroner’s office. Her favorite part of her current position is getting to work closely with the wonderful families we come into contact with.
Scott Jessen Joined the Coroner’s Office in October, 2015.
He retired from the Anchorage Police Department after being with them since 1980. Scott worked in various patrol and detective assignments including both person and property crimes. The majority of his training is in crime scene work and homicide investigations. Scott was part of the Major Crime Scene Team for 11 years, the last 5 of which he served as Team Leader of one of the Crime Scene Teams. He retired as a Detective Sergeant having supervised the Homicide Unit of the Anchorage Police Department as his last assignment prior to retirement in 2005. After retirement, he worked for The Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport Police & Fire Department as an Airport Screening Officer, A major private security contractor, and as a DOD contractor before returning to Idaho. Prior to joining the Coroner's Office, Scott worked for the Canyon County Sheriff's Office for nearly 6 years as a part-time Deputy in the Courts & Transports section.
We now have a full-time in-house Pathologist, Dr. Joe Kronz. Dr. Kronz had worked for us in the past on a contract basis and we couldn't be happier to have him join our staff. He graduated from Oregon Health Sciences University School of Medicine and did his post-graduate work at Johns Hopkins Hospital Department of Pathology. He is a great asset to the Canyon County Coroner's Office.