Sharp County Deputy Coroner, Nathan W. Circle has announced his intention to seek the office of Sharp County Coroner. He will be a candidate in the May 18 Democratic Primary.
Circle, a long-time resident of Sharp County has been a Sharp County Deputy Coroner since 2006. Circle and his wife, Renee Clay-Circle, who is the current Sharp County Coroner, own funeral homes in Highland, Cave City and Batesville. Both are licensed funeral directors by the State of Arkansas.
The coroner is responsible for determining the cause and manner of death, as well as assisting families with any needs they may have. Circle worked as part of the team instrumental in establishing a official Coroner's Department in Sharp County, one of only a few official departments created within the state. Currently, Circle oversees a staff of eight who have all completed the required training by the Arkansas State Crime Lab. "I have worked hard in making sure that all of our County Deputy Coroners are certified and am in the process of helping to ensure that our county has up-to-date computerization of all death certificates. Being able to obtain all documents needed at a time of death and receive speedy copies of death certificates is greatly important to me in serving the needs of our citizens," Circle stated.
It is the coroner's responsibility to determine when situations warrant autopsies which are conducted by the Medical Examiner's office in the Arkansas State Crime Lab in Little Rock. "Over the years I have developed a great working relationship with the medical community, local and state law enforcement, local and state emergency management, EMTs, local and regional funeral homes and most of all the citizens of Sharp County that I have had the opportunity to serve during their time of grief. I belive that the greatest responsibilities of the coroners office is to be available and supportive to the citizens, while always making sure that the conduct of the office follows the law," Circle said.
Circle is a member of the Arkansas State Coroners Association and a member of the NEA Funeral Directors Association. Circle is also involved in local and community organizations, including his committed involvement to the American Veteran's Memorial Committee.
Circle and his wife, Renee reside in Hardy and have four children, Amy 14, Katie 10, Austin 7, and Miley 1.