From McHenry County Coroner hopeful Angela Byrnes:
Intent to Run for Coroner
I am excited to announce my intent to run as a Republican for McHenry County Coroner in the 2020 election.
I have worked in healthcare for seventeen years, including the eleven years I have been a registered nurse.
I also have additional education in medical forensics.
My passion for, and interest in, forensics initiated my drive to seek out education and complete an additional 132.5 hours in classroom training pertaining to the field of medical forensic nursing from both the University of Illinois Chicago and the Wisconsin Department of Justice.
This specialized instruction and my hands-on experience taught me the importance of comprehensive evidence collection, crime scene preservation, objective reporting, and effective communication during traumatic events.
This rigorous training taught me the importance and necessity of working with law enforcement to investigate and collect evidence from victims of sexual assault and abuse while treating victims with respect, dignity and compassion.
In addition to my medical forensic training, I possess leadership experience as an executive leader overseeing a team of roughly 150 employees at the largest nonprofit hospice organization in Illinois.
Working in hospice has allowed me to educate patients and their families about terminal disease progression, discuss end of life care and wishes with patients and their families, and care for and comfort the dying during their last breaths.
In my current role, I lead a team that is responsible for providing patients and their families with access to a suite of services created to provide holistic support to those with serious illness.
As a Vice President at my organization, I spend a good portion of my time creating and improving processes to optimize resources.
I also evaluate day to day operations to ensure my team is being financially responsible so that we are able to provide more for our patients and families.
I am blessed to have an amazing career and an even more amazing family.
I have been a resident of McHenry County for 36 years and currently reside in Crystal Lake.
I recently married my husband, who is a Marine Corps combat veteran and current law enforcement officer.
Together, we have five beautiful children and one faithful dog.
I am grateful to have found my husband who works hard to help us keep up with our busy family because it truly is a team effort.
Being a working mother isn’t easy, but I truly enjoy working to support our community while striving to set a great example for my family.
I have reviewed the many challenges presented in the reports that have been published regarding our Coroner’s Office.
Although there are many opportunities for improvement, I believe my experience in leadership, as well as my knowledge in medical forensics, make me the right choice to bring the Coroner’s Office into compliance with state statute.