The Coroner has the responsibility to examine and document the cause of death for persons within the county who are believed to have died by criminal violence or casualty. By law, the Coroner has the responsibility of determining the cause, mode, and manner of death from both a medical and legal perspective.
Inquests are conducted by the Coroner to formally determine the cause of death that will be listed on the Death Certificate. Official records of all proceedings and documents are kept by the Coroner and are maintained in the Office of the Clerk of Courts. These records are open to the public. Copies may be acquired according to customary office procedures.
The County Coroner is an elected office with four year terms. To be eligible for the position, the candidate must be a "licensed physician in good standing with the profession."