Ross County Coroner's Office Mission Statement
The mission of the Ross County Coroner's Office is to serve and protect the health and safety of the community by maintaining the highest standard of professionalism and integrity in determining the cause and manner of death. We are dedicated as a team to conduct independent investigations with the intent to ensure that the circumstances surrounding the death are understood and explained. We seek to enhance the health, safety and well-being of the citizens and guests of Ross County.
The coroner is a licensed physician who has been elected to serve a 4-year term. The elected coroner is responsible for the unbiased, independent formal report and verdict on all deaths that fall under the coroner's jurisdiction.
Only those deaths defined in the "coroner's statute", Ohio Revised Code 313.12, are mandated to be investigated by the coroner. The coroner will obtain information about the decedent's health and recent activities to gain insight into the circumstances surrounding the death to assist in assigning a cause of death. In some cases, an autopsy may be necessary to evaluate and determine the cause and manner of death. This procedure is generally performed by a pathologist. The cause of death is the disease or injury responsible for the person's death. The manner of death describes the circumstances surrounding the death, such as suicide, homicide, accident, natural, or undetermined. In Ohio, the coroner is the only physician who can certify deaths that are not due to natural disease.
The Ross County Coroner's Office has recently met all of the required standards and has been accredited by the International Association of Coroner's & Medical Examiners.