The top priority for me and my staff is to honor the deceased, to treat the decedent with respect and honor, and to help the family, friends, and love ones of the deceased in a timely manner. We understand the loss of a love one is a tremendous shock for family and friends. Once the deceased is under our jurisdiction, we provide the family with appropriate information on all procedures and processes.
The primary job of the coroner and his staff is to determine an unbiased cause and manner of death and/or if there is possible criminal involvement. This is accomplished through careful examination and gathering of evidence at the death scene. Beyond the services and care we provide to the family and friends affected by death, we are also an active part of the communities we serve. Our department participates in child and elderly death review committees. These reviews are conducted by multi-disciplinary teams that routinely and systematically examine the circumstances surrounding the deaths in a given geographical area and a given age group. We work with these committees to make recommendations for changes that may reduce the risk of unexpected or unnatural death.