Qualifications of a County Coroner

As listed in the Code of Alabama

HB 202   79547-4


Section 3.

(a) A coroner who owns, operates, is employed by, or otherwise has an interest in a funeral establishment is deemed to have a conflict of interest and shall not direct business to the establishment when performing his or her duties under the laws of this state.

 (b) Nothing in this section shall prevent a person from taking the body of the deceased to a funeral establishment in which the coroner has an interest if the person decides to do so without the suggestion of the coroner.

 (c) The provisions of this section shall not apply if an emergency situation exists and the coroner acts in good faith to prevent a health hazard.

 (d) Any person who knowingly violates subsection

 (a), shall, upon conviction, be guilty of a Class B misdemeanor.

 Section 4.

(a) No person shall be eligible to hold the office of coroner unless he or she meets the following qualifications:

 (1) A citizen of the United States.

 (2) A resident in the county in which he or she seeks the office of coroner for at least one year prior to his or her qualifying for election to the office and remains a resident of the county during his or her term of office.

 (3) A registered voter.

 (4) Attained the age of 25 years prior to the date of the general primary election in the year that he or she qualifies for election to the office.

 (5) Obtained a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent.

 (6) Not been convicted of a felony offense or any offense involving moral turpitude contrary to the laws of Alabama, or any other state, or the United States.

 (7) Successfully completed the next scheduled training course no longer than 180 days after his or her election or appointment, unless an affidavit affirms that the requirement of this subdivision has been met at the time of qualifying for the office.

 (b) Each person offering his or her candidacy for the office of coroner shall file an affidavit with the judge of probate before whom the person has qualified to seek the office of coroner prior to or at the time of qualifying, which affidavit shall affirm that he or she meets all the qualifications required pursuant to this section.

 Section 5.

The coroner of each county is authorized to appoint such deputy coroners as are needed, with the prior approval of the county commission. Any appointment shall be in writing and shall be filed in the office of the coroner and the office of the judge of probate.