Some of the Specific duties and responsibilities are as follows:

  • Coordinates the investigation and determines the circumstances, manner, and cause of all violent, sudden or unusual deaths.

  • Selects the deputy coroners and other personnel as needed.

  • Supervises and instructs employees

  • Orders and sees that autopsies are attended by either Law Enforcement Agency or personnel of his office or both.

  • Prepares annual budget request for office.

  • Notifies next of kin.

  • Completes Death Certificates and Cremation Certificates.

  • Orders and conducts Inquest.

  • Conducts meetings and conferences with Law Enforcement Agencies, attorneys, physicians, hospital personnel, funeral directors, news media, ambulance attendants and public.

  • Prepares reports and press releases. Makes sure media does not release names and addresses until next-of-kin are notified.

  • Gives presentations at schools, seminars, and service clubs, nursing homes and hospital staffs.

  • Requests organ donations from next-of-kin and sees that those wishes are carried out.

  • Procurement of blood and urine samples for the purpose of toxicology tests.

  • Selects the deputy coroners and other personnel as needed.