County Coroner

The Coroner is an elected office serving for a 4 year term. The Coroner's Office is a law enforcement agency, which, as part of the system of checks and balances, investigates deaths that occur in the county elected.

When a vacancy occurs in the Office of the Sheriff, the Coroner assumes the office temporarily until the vacancy is filled by appointment or election.

Coroner responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Respond to death scenes.
  • Examine the body.
  • Identify the body.
  • Collect toxicological samples and submit for analysis.
  • Make death notification to next-of-kin.
  • Coordinate and facilitate organ donation.
  • Determine necessity for autopsy.
  • Facilitate autopsy process.
  • Coordinate transport of deceased from death scene.
  • Conduct death investigations.
  • Schedule and conduct inquests.
  • Summon jury from Jury Commission for Inquests.
  • Issue Temporary Death Certificates.
  • Issue Permanent Death Certificates.
  • Facilitate burial of indigent.
  • Issue Cremation Permits.
  • Maintain records of all deaths reported.
  • Maintain permanent records of all inquested cases.
  • Maintain vital statistics related to all cases reported.
  • Take charge of personal property of a deceased person until it can be released.
  • Invalidate deceased Drivers License.
  • Maintain public health.
  • Be prepared for any disaster situation.
  • Distribute death related records as requested and collect fees due for such records.
  • Prepare annual budget for office.
  • Prepare press releases.
  • Make sure media does not release names until next-of-kin are notified.
  • Give presentations at schools.