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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: KY_Coroners_Assoc@yahoo.com

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


Well, time sure flies by! It is time again to begin preparing to attend the 2015 Kentucky Coroner's Association Conference in Louisville, Kentucky April 28-30 (Tuesday-Thursday), 2015. This year's conference will be held at the Crown Plaza Hotel-Louisville Airport, 830 Phillips Lane, Louisville, Kentucky.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the special rate of $99.00 per night plus tax, and can be held until April 3, 2015. To make your reservations call 1-800-633-8723 and Use Block Code U59.

Below you will find applications for Conference Registration and and Membership Registration in the Kentucky Coroner's Association. Newly elected Coroners (Coroners only) are invited to join the Association with their $75 dues fee waived for the year 2015. All deputy coroners are also invited to join the Association as well.

 2015 Kentucky Coroner's Conference Registration Form

 2015 Kentucky Coroner's Association Membership Form

Remember that Conference training is eligible for your annual training credit; and that Form #29-1 must be submitted to DOCJT in advance to receive credit.Those persons applying for Career Development Award (Advanced and Master Coroner) need to submit their information to Brian Ritchie by March 13, 2015. The requirements are posted on this website on the Career Development page.


ATTENTION All new Coroners and Deputy Coroners

Per KRS Statutes, virutally all newly elected Coroners and Deputy Coroners must enroll in and pass the examination for the 40 hour Basic Medicolegal Death Investigator course provided by the Department of Criminal Justice Training.

For the year 2015, following and election year there are two courses scheduled early in the year. Both courses are scheduled during February 2-6 and February 23-27th, and will be offered in the classroom at the Kentucky State medical Examiner's Office in Frankfort, KY. To enroll in these courses a Form 29-1 must be submitted to DOCJT Registration in advance.

As for the rest of the 2015 Training Opportunities, as we have dates and subject matter confirmed we will add them to this page and the Training page.

IMPORTANT MESSAGE regarding 2014 Mandatory Training!

The 2014 Mandatory Training materials have been placed on the Forensic Library page. You must select and click on each section in order to observe and read the material. After reading all 5 sections complete Form 101 and fax to the DOCJT training section to receive credit.



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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 2/18/2015
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