Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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October 25, 2012

Past and present deputy coroners vie for Effingham County seat

EFFINGHAM —     The race for Effingham County coroner is a classic tussle between a candidate with an extensive law enforcement background and an opponent with a medical background.

    Both Republican Duane Guffey and Democrat Tanya Overbeck have served as chief deputy coroner under retiring Coroner Leigh Hammer, who has chosen not to seek a third term. Guffey was the chief deputy for a number of years before resigning last year. He was replaced by Overbeck.

    Guffey is a longtime Effingham police officer who also operates a family-owned dry cleaning business, while Overbeck is a nurse. Both candidates survived primary opposition in March to earn a slot on the general election ballot.

Tanya Overbeck   

Tanya Overbeck said her medical experience makes her the best candidate for Effingham County coroner.

    “The fact that I have medical experience sets me apart from my opponent,” Overbeck said. “The stronger medical background one has, the better off we are.”

    Overbeck, who has a Bachelor of Science in nursing, said she knows the right medical questions to ask.

    “I have a working knowledge of how to deal with the medical community,” she said. “Decisions can be made within the office by interpreting medical documents. That way, we don’t have to rely so much on consultants.”

    Overbeck, 37, said her medical experience will save taxpayer dollars.

    “I can interpret medical records myself, rather than have somebody consult us on them,” she said.

    Overbeck said she would continue the improvements in record keeping that Hammer began. Now that the coroner has an office on the fourth floor of the Effingham County Office Building, Overbeck said the next step is a fully electronic record-keeping system.

    Her other goals are to stay within her allotted budget and continue to maintain the level of professionalism in the coroner’s office.

    As Tanya Everett, Overbeck graduated from Effingham High School. She received her BSN from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. She has also completed a number of continuing education courses related to her work in the coroner’s office. This year, she has completed about 80 hours of training for the coroner’s office and another 20 hours to maintain her nursing license.

    Overbeck is a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Effingham, as well as a member of the state and national coroners and medical examiners associations.

    Overbeck and husband Joe have two children. The family lives in rural Mason.

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