OTTAWA — Putnam County Interim Coroner Dr. Jennifer Maag took on the role viewing it as an opportunity to continue to serve the community.
Putnam County Commissioners appointed her to the position Dec. 18 to replace Dr. Anna Mae Horstman who served in the position for 13 years and retired. Maag’s appointment was effective Jan. 5.
“I’m really thankful that Dr. Horstman has been willing and helpful with the transition and is available to answer questions,” Maag said.
The coroner position is an elected official position and the Putnam County Republican party will meet Jan. 15 to replace Dr. Horstman’s position. Magg hopes to continue to serve as coroner.
Maag, 36, has been a doctor at Putnam County Family Care for seven years.
Serving on the coroner department is nothing new to Maag as she has served as one of the county’s assistant coroners under Dr. Horstman for three years.
“It is a good opportunity to serve the public and the community and I have a genuine interest in serving families of the deceased,” Maag said.
“Our job is to protect the dead so any time there is an unexpected or tragic death it’s the coroner’s job to evaluate what happened and decide if it’s natural causes or there is a need for an autopsy.”
In addition to serving as coroner she is continuing to work full time as a doctor at Putnam County Family Care.
Serving as assistant coroner has allowed her to be out on scenes and train under Horstman. She also has enjoyed working with law enforcement, paramedics and EMTs and said they are very supportive.
She attended training through the Ohio Coroner’s Association where she learned about Ohio law and how that effects the job of coroner, cases were reviewed and allowed her to network with other coroners in the state.
Maag attended medical school at Wright State University in Dayton, earning her medical degree in 2008. She graduated from the University of Findlay in 2004 with a bachelors of science in biology degree and minor in chemistry. She completed her residency in the Fort Wayne Medical Agency Program in 2011.
“I like the social interaction with people and being able as a physician to help guide my patient’s decisions and answer their questions so they know how they want to take care of themselves,” Maag said.
She said the law views the coroner as the protector of those who have died and a support to families in a time of massive loss.
She is married to Matt and they have four children.
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