Connie Jacobson will retire by September from her position as Natrona County coroner, she said July 17.
She has held the position for a decade, since the County Commission appointed her from within the office upon Dr. Jim Thorpen’s retirement. In August 2010, she defeated Matt Keating, then a county commissioner and now county assessor, in the Republican primary. She won the general election by a broad margin later that year and ran unopposed for her 2014 and 2018 reelections.
The news of Jacobson’s retirement first became apparent via a Natrona County Republican Party statement posted online July 16 seeking candidates for appointment to the position. The statement only said Jacobson would resign by Sept. 1 and did not specify a reason. On Wednesday afternoon, Jacobson, 67, told the Star-Tribune she decided to make use of her retirement eligibility. Jacobson said she will spend this winter in Florida but she intends to remain in Wyoming during the warmer months.
“I feel like it’s gonna be a hard position to fill,” she said. “(But) I think it’s time.”
When Jacobson most recently sought reelection, she said, she anticipated serving at least the majority of the four-year term. Jacobson said she hopes the party will put up finalists for appointment that are able to keep the office’s work at a high level and maintain its accreditation by the International Association of Coroners & Medical Examiners.
The statement — signed by Dr. Joseph C. McGinley, the county party’s chairman, and published on Facebook at 11:25 p.m. — notes that Jacobson will resign effective Aug. 31 and otherwise largely serves to describe the process that will replace her. People looking for appointment to the position can apply to the party’s central committee, which will put forth three names to the Natrona County Commissioners.
The County Commission will then select one of the three finalists to serve the remaining three years of the term. People interested in applying should contact the party by noon July 29.