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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


 The Kentucky Office of the Attorney General is offering a one-day program in DOMESTIC VIOLENCE FATALITY REVIEW TRAINING.

Monday, September 14, 2015
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
National Corvette Museum
350 Corvette Drive, Bowling Green, KY 42101

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Fayette County Courthouse
120 North Limestone, Lexington, KY 40507

Core Objectives will be:
* Identify systemic gaps and barriers to service
* Enhance the safety of domestic violence victims and accountability of batters
* Implement coordinated community response
* Influence public policy for prevention and intervention of domestic violence

Guest Speakers will be:

Dr. Neil Websdale- Director of the National Domestic Violence Fatality Review Initiative and Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northern Arizona University

Matthew Dale- Senior Consultant for the National Domestice Violence Review Initiative. Dale coordinates work around the state of Montana in the areas of consumer protection, sexual assault and domestic violence.

Chief Jerald Monahan- A 36 year public safety official, serving with 4 departments prior to March 2013, when he was appointed as the Chief of Police for the city of Prescott, Arizona.

REGISTRATION: Deadline for registration is Friday, September 4, 2015. Contact Sallie Razor at  or by calling 502-696-5312.



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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 8/3/2015