The Office of the County Coroner is established by the Constitution of the State of Missouri. The Coroner is elected to serve by the citizens of Texas County for a term of 4 years.
The Coroner's Office is a separate and independent division of the Texas County Government and is funded through the Texas County General Fund.
The Coroner recognizes the tragedy surrounding an untimely death and performs investigations, in part, to assist the grieving family who are often seeking answers as to cause and manner of death. A complete forensic investigation provides for the expeditious settling of insurance claims and estates, as well the implementation of civil and criminal actions. Questions which seem irrelevant in the initial hours after death can become significant in the following months. The surviving family and general public can have the peace of mind that a complete investigation was done.
The Coroner works in cooperation with the law enforcement community, but conducts a separate and unbiased investigation.
Although criminal death investigations constitute a small portion of deaths investigated by the Coroner, these deaths are studied in great detail because of the issues and legal consequences involved. In this way, the criminal justice system is offered the best support. The public health dimension of the Coroner's function is designed to isolate and identify causes of sudden unexpected death.