Vanita Hullender, Coroner
PO Box 51
Ringgold, GA 30736
Responsibilities of the Coroner
The function of the Coroner's Office is to determine cause, manner and circumstance of death through an Act called the Georgia Death Investigation. Any death that is unexpected, unexplainable or unattended by a physician falls under a coroner's jurisdiction for investigation. Autopsies are not mandatory to determine cause of death except in situations where death cannot be reasonably explained or the death is a child under the age of 7.
Coroners may pronounce someone expired under certain conditions at the scene of death. Coroners must authorize a release of bodies before they can be cremated, transported across the state line or autopsied.
In order to take office, all coroners are required to attend a 40-hour course at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth, Georgia, and receive 24 hours of in service training each year on various death investigation procedures.