Tim Warco for Coroner
Tim Warco was born and raised in Washington County. He graduated from Immaculate Conception High School in 1969. Following high school, Tim furthered his education with a B.A. in Psychology from California University in 1973, and graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 1974. He passed his board examination to become a licensed Pennsylvania Funeral Director in 1975. Tim was certified by the Pennsylvania State Attorney General to officially serve as Coroner in December of 1989 and has maintained his legal certification under the Pennsylvania Coroner’s Education Board.
Tim was elected Washington County Coroner in November 1991 and was sworn into office January of 1992. Prior to that time, he served as Washington County Deputy Coroner under the late Farrell Jackson for 17 years. In addition to maintaining his state certification, Tim has continued to further his education in all areas of forensic science and medicolegal death investigation. He currently has more than 1,065 hours of continuing education coursework and associated certifications in areas such as forensic pathology, forensic photography, ballistics, blood stain and pattern recognition, mass fatality planning, disaster response, forensic anthropology, forensic odontology and countless other topic vital to the operation of a death investigation office. Tim has conducted and supervised over 43,000 death investigations over his tenure. In 2014, Tim was awarded the status of Diplomate of the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators, signifying proficiency in all aspects of medicolegal death investigation. In 2017, under Tim’s tenure, the Washington County Coroner’s Office was granted full accreditation by the International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners, a professional standards organization with stringent requirements for policy, procedure and professionalism.
In addition, Tim maintains membership as an advanced homicide investigator with the Practical Homicide Investigators’ Association since 2017. This office has continued with a mission for public safety, set forth by the late Farrell Jackson who served as Washington County Coroner for 33 years, 8 ½ months. The coroner’s office has addressed over 300 concerns for unsafe conditions raised by the citizens of Washington County; rectifying nearly all of them. For the past 31 years, Tim and his deputies have participated in mock crashes at area high schools, underlining the consequences of careless and/or impaired driving. Tim has lectured across Washington County about the duties and responsibilities of the office. His newest endeavor is addressing the community regarding the epidemic of drug abuse. He is a member of the Washington County Child Death Review Team and was a founding member of the Washington County DA/Adult Protective Services Investigative Unit’s elder abuse task force. Tim is active in many social and civic organizations throughout Washington County, including the Washington N.A.A.C.P., and maintains membership with the Pennsylvania State Coroner’s Association, where he serves as Region 5 Vice President on the Executive Board, as well as the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators, the International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners, the Advanced Practical Homicide Investigators’ Association, and the Society of Medicolegal Death Investigators.