425 S. Jefferson St.
Mexico, Missouri 65265
Term of Office: Four Years
The County Coroner is called when a person dies in any county in which a coroner is required by state law and there are reasonable grounds to believe that such person died as a result of:
- Violence by homicide, suicide, or accident.
- Unforeseen sudden occurrence and the deceased had not been attended by a physician during the thirty-six hour period preceding the death.
- Any unusual or suspicious manner.
- Any injury or illness while in the custody of law enforcement or while an inmate in a public institution.
Other duties of the office include, but are not limited to:
- Referral of a child’s death (under the age of eighteen) to a child fatality review panel.
- Convening a Coroner’s Inquest to have a jury determine the cause of death of a person when, in the opinion of the Coroner, it would be in the public interest to do so.
- Performing the duties of Sheriff when that office is vacant.
Missouri Revised Statutes, Chapter 58 contains a complete description of the duties of the County Coroner.