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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

Mike Wilder, Association President (2015-2016)
Boyle County Deputy Coroner
Danville, Kentucky
Phone: 859-326-0569


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.


Openings for Board and Executive Secretary positions

The Kentucky Coroner's Association has 2 open positions on its Board of Directors. Bonded and sworn Coroners and/or Deputy Coroners, who are certified and a member of the Kentucky Coroner's Association, interested in being considered for open positions on the Association Board of Directors should submit a letter stating their interest to Brian Ritchie, Executive Secretary, P.O. Box 730, Lawrenceburg, KY. 40342, or email to . It can also be sent to President Mitchell Lee, P.O. Box 284, Benton, KY 42025 or email to on or prior to April 22, 2014.
Also, the Kentucky Coroner's Association position of Executive Secretary/Treasurer will be elected by majority vote at the General Membership meeting on Thursday, April 24, 2014.  Any active coroner/deputy coroner, associate member, or anyone with knowledge and understanding of the Kentucky Coroner's Association may apply for the position.  The position is a yearly contracted position and applicants need to submit their nomination to the nominating committee through President Mitchell Lee, P.O. Box 284, Benton, KY. 42025 or email to on or prior to April 22, 2014.

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

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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 5/1/2015