Columbus Consolidated Government
Q1. What is the term of office for the coroner?
  The Coroner's Term of office is 4 years. The requirements for the Coroner other than being a resident in the county for 2 years, being 21 years of age and having a high school diploma or equivalent.
Q2. How many deaths does the Coroner's Office investigate per year?
  In 2005, 1287 deaths were reported to the Coroner's office with 130 of them requiring autopsies.
Q3. Can arrangements be made to view an autopsy?
  Autopsies conducted by Muscogee County Coroner's office are not open to the public. Only those medical and law enforcement individuals having a primary interest may attend.
Q4. Is there a charge for an autopsy?
  The Coroner decides which deaths are to be autopsied unless the law dictates, such as children 7 years and under. Homicides and suicides if the bullet/bullets remain in the body because they have to be removed before burial can take place. However, there is a charge for private autopsies at the family's request.
Q5. Who performs an autopsy?
  A medical doctor who has specialized in Pathology and approved by the Chief Medical Examiner of the state of Georgia.
Q6. Do you offer internships or need volunteers?
  No. The nature of the work and our staffing levels preclude having either an internship program or volunteers.
Q7. Do you provide any sort of educational programs?
  Yes. With time permitting, the staff makes presentations at schools and for other civic groups.
Established 2006
Last updated: June 16, 2015

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