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ELECTION 2012: Dougherty County Coroner - Emma B. Quimbley

Involvement in community issues key of Quimbley campaign

Emma B. Quimbley

Emma B. Quimbley

ALBANY, Ga. — On the job for eight years, Emma B. Quimbley sees her job as Dougherty County coroner as serving the living as well as the dead.

Quimbley said she has the ability to understand the psychological and emotional injury associated with the homicide or natural death of a loved one. At times Quimbley has to tell parents that they cannot take their child home ever again because of death.

"The worst thing I have to do is tell a mother she can't have her child anymore," Quimbley said. "I'm a mother and a grandmother. I have compassion and love for the victims."

To read about Emma Quimbley's oppenent, Michael Fowler, click here.

The problems facing her office are the same problems facing the community, Quimbley said. They start with the community's youth. Soaring school drop-out rates are largely responsible for teen drug use, run-away juveniles, burglaries, home invasions, robberies, gang involvement and teen pregnancies, she added.

At times troubled youths die early or go on to either kill or be killed living useless lives, Quimbley said. Besides signing death certificates and consoling victims' families, she believes counseling young people is part of the preventative job of the coroner's office.

"While law enforcement agencies seek to solve homicides," Quimbley said, "we provide compassion and empathy to bereaved families. But it is better to prevent the unnecessary death."

Emma Quimbley

Age: 59

Occupation: Dougherty County Coroner

Post Sought: Coroner (re-election)

Family: One son, two daughters, eight grandchildren

Key Issues: Countering the high student dropout rate; Bullying, fighting, suicide, gang influence, youth homicides; Teen pregnancies

It all comes down to the family, Quimbley said. Her experience as coroner has led her to work with organizations such as "Stop the Violence" and the First Monumental Baptist Church to strengthen families.

The family focus permeates Quimbley's conversations. She said she has a follow-up program to provide a more personal and supportive relationship with bereaved families.

She intends to keep her office open to those in need while holding educational meeting in schools. She has pictures of a violent death's reality that she brings with her to those meetings.

Under her direction, if re-elected, Qumbley said, "The coroner's office will continue to work in collaboration with schools, churches and other organizations to strive to save our children, if only one at a time."

Comments

Breakingbad 2 years, 3 months ago

If the DCSS Board can't do much about the dropout rate, what makes you think you can? If you are going to focus on these issues, we need someone else as the Coroner. Dougherty County need to review the quals for this position.

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carbonrob 2 years, 3 months ago

If that's her platform, then Ms. Quimbley needs to go ahead and do us all a favor and remove herself from the race. Although compassion is a desired trait, it actually takes a little more than that to be a coroner. Mr Fowler seems to have the qualifications to carry out what's necessary to perform the job of coroner. Maybe then there can actually be someone in an office in Dougherty county who has the qualifications for the job.

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laughingatyou 2 years, 3 months ago

Ms. Quimbley continue to serve Dougherty County with your expereince and compassion you have given us for many of years. God has place you in this postion and that is a door that no man can close until God says so. Continue to walk in love and let God deal with Micheal Fowler because he knows better than anyone else the wrong things he has done.

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MRKIA 2 years, 3 months ago

GOD LIKELY HAD ZERO INVOLVEMENT IN MS. BEING CORONER.

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MRKIA 2 years, 3 months ago

YOU SPEAK AS IF MS QUIMBLEY HAS A DEVINE RIGHT TO THE POSITION. THUMP THAT BIBLE. GOD KNOWS YOUR HEART.HMMMMM....

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truevoice 2 years, 3 months ago

And God and Albany knows the wrong things that Ms. Quimbley has done.

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truevoice 2 years, 3 months ago

And God and Albany know the wrong things that Quimbley has done.

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OneWhoKnows 2 years, 3 months ago

I think Ms. Quimbley has done a fine job as coroner of Dougherty County. She's just as qualified as Michael Fowler. All of the qualifications Mr. Fowler has, has nothing to do w/ the job of being Coroner. He can't embalm a body for the coroner's office, he can't perform autopsies b/c he's not a pathologist. To be a pathologist you must be a doctor and he's not a doctor. So if Michael Fowler were to become coroner he would do as Ms. Quimbley does call the crime lab, give the info on the deceased, and in turn they will relay the cause of death. Mr. Fowler will not be able to perform any procedures on the deceased. He says, he's performed over 4,200 autopsies, which seems to be a lie to me since he's not a doctor! He's an embalmer and not really good at that. It's my understanding that he's worked at three funeral homes in Albany, and was terminated from all three. So can anyone name something Ms. Quimbley has done wrong, is there any case that has gone through her office in the past 8 years where there was an outcry about the cause of death, or the community had concerns? The answer is NO! She has been trained by the coroner's association just as Mr. Fowler would be if he became coroner. His trips to Guam, the Tsuanami, Hurricane Katrina, the 3,000 bodies he says embalmed is no good in the coroner's office.

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