East Baton Rouge Parish coroner

Dr. William “Beau” Clark has announced his candidacy in the Oct. 22 election for East Baton Rouge Parish coroner.

Clark, a Republican and lifelong Baton Rouge resident, said the focus of his campaign is dignity for the dead, compassion for their families and service to law enforcement.

“As an emergency room physician, I am a compassionate individual who has assisted families at the worst possible times of their lives,” Clark, 38, said. “Because of my law enforcement experience, I understand how to work cooperatively with detectives to bring justice for victims and their loved ones.”

Clark is employed as an emergency room physician for a staffing company and often works at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Gonzales, LSU Earl K. Long Medical Center in Baton Rouge and Lane Regional Medical Center in Zachary.

Clark also is the medical director for the Louisiana State Police Special Weapons and Tactical Team and is an assistant medical director for the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office SWAT team.

He has previously served as the volunteer physician for the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office SWAT team and was part of the SWAT team sent to New Orleans to help rescue Hurricane Katrina victims from flood waters.

“I’ve been able to create a pretty unique bond with law enforcement,” Clark said, adding that the role of the Coroner’s Office is key to ensuring a clear and uncontaminated chain of custody for evidence when authorities investigate a death.

Clark completed his residency as chief resident in 2003 at LSU’s Emergency Medicine Residency Program and is a 2000 graduate of LSU Medical School in New Orleans. He earned his bachelor’s of science degree, graduating summa cum laude, from Louisiana Tech University in 1995.

Clark is married to Vanessa Young Clark, his wife of 14 years. The couple has two children and attends St. Jude Catholic Church.

He is running against incumbent Shannon Cooper, a fellow Republican who is closing out his second four-year term as East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner.

The office does not have a term limit.