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Welcome to the Kentucky Coroner's Association!


In order to assist the citizens of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, we have provided information on how to contact coroners and find answers to frequently asked questions about our professional services. Coroners can also find information and sign up for training programs through the Department of Criminal Justice Training.

In Calendar Year 2013, according to preliminary data from the Office of Vital Statistics, Kentucky's coroners and deputy coroners conducted 9,400 death investigations across the Commonwealth. As part of those investigations, coroners requested services from the State Medical Examiner's Office in 2,385 of those cases, or 25.3% of all deaths. This compares to:

Calendar Year 2012 with 9,912 coroner death investigations and 2,402 autopsies
Calendar Year 2011 with 9,282 coroner death investigations and 2,378 autopsies
Calendar Year 2010 with 9,566 coroner death investigations and 2,452 autopsies
Calendar Year 2009 with 8,953 coroner death investigations and 2,373 autopsies.

The death investigation system in Kentucky is a cooperative effort among and between county coroners' offices and the State Medical Examiner's Office. In the Commonwealth of Kentucky, coroners and deputy coroners have the full power and authority of peace officers and they investigate the cause and manner of all deaths that are defined as coroner's cases by KRS 72.405.

Contacts for the Kentucky Coroner's Association:

Brian Ritchie, Executive Secretary
Lawrenceburg, Kentucky
Phone: (502) 839-5151
E-mail: blritchie66@yahoo.com

Mitchell Lee, Association President (2014-2015)
Marshall County Coroner
Benton, Kentucky
Phone: (270) 527-6940

FREE TRAINING for Law Enforcement Officials!

Free Training for Law Enforcement Officials!
Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky (PCAK) has a few free sponsorship slots available for any KY Coroner or Deputy Coroner to attend the 18th Annual Kids are Worth It! Conference at the Crowne Plaza in Louisville on September 8-9, 2014. Free transportation and lodging are available through a grant from the Justice Assistance Grant Funding program. Training Topics Provided by National Presenters Include:

 *   Prevention and response to child sexual exploitation

 *   Documenting and photographing suspicious injuries in children

 *   Death scene investigations

 *   Best practices in child sexual abuse investigations

 *   Child Neglect

Click HERE-Kids are Worth It! for registration and further information.


Kentucky Coroners and Deputy Coroners become certified with the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI)

Six Kentucky Coroners and Deputy Coroners recently sat for examination and received their professional certification from the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI). They are:

Fayette County- Coroner Gary Ginn, Deputy Coroners Albert Beatty, Micheal Durbin, Miles White II, Onda Shea Willis
Boone County- Deputy Coroner Elizabeth Rittinger

Other certificants from Kentucky include Fayette County Deputy Coroners John Cox, Claire Dixon-Conder, John McCarty, Boyd County Coroner Mark Hammond, Deputy Coroner Ralph Beadle, DMD, and Wayne County Coroner Forrest Hicks.

The American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI) is a voluntary national, not-for-profit, independent professional certification board that has been established to promote the highest standards of practice for medicolegal death investigators. It is accredited by the Forensic Specialties Accreditation Board. 

Purposes of the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators®:

  • To encourage adherence to high standards of professional practice and ethical conduct when performing medicolegal death investigations.
  • To recognize qualified individuals who have voluntarily applied for basic and advanced levels of professional certification.
  • To grant and issue certificates to individuals who have demonstrated their mastery of investigational techniques and who have successfully completed rigorous examination of their knowledge and skills in the field of medicolegal death investigation.
  • To maintain a listing of individuals granted ABMDI certification.
  • To recertify individuals every five years according to established professional recertification criteria, including continuing education requirements and work verification.
Update on House Bill 1

Under HB 1, you are required, by statute, to report drug-related deaths to the KSP and Vital Statistics.

If your case has been examined by a Kentucky Medical Examiner, this is already done for you.

If you submit a toxicology sample without an autopsy being conducted, the State Chief Medical Examinerwill review all AIT toxicology reports. If that review indicates it may be a drug-related death, you will receive a request for a copy of the death certificate.

If you provide the State Medical Examiner with the death certificate, we will report the case for you. If we receive no response, you will be responsible for reporting the case to KSP and Vital Statistics.


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2013 Coroners Directory

Need to locate a coroner in Kentucky? Click the following link to view or

download the:

Coroners Master List 01392014


As issues may come up from time to time regarding coroners and KODA, some of our Coroners and Deputy Coroners may not be familiar with the specific KRS statutes that address the issue. You will find a link to the statute here at KRS Organ Donation Statute.  This will also be posted in the Forensic Library section

Last Updated 8/28/2014
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