Douglas County Georgia

Living. Growing. Prospering.

Roosevelt Smith



Contact:
770-920-7487
Office Manager
12431 Veterans Memorial Hwy
Douglasville, Ga 30134
Phone: 770-920-7487
Fax: 678-293-1024
rgodwin@co.douglas.ga.us






Overview:
The primary role of the Douglas County Office of the Coroner is to investigate the deaths of individuals over which the Office has jurisdiction; the purpose of the investigation is to determine the cause of death. The types of deaths which fall under the jurisdiction of the Coroner’s include: • Homicides • Accidents • Suicides • Deaths from unknown or obscure causes • Deaths under suspicious or unusual circumstances • Deaths while in jail or prison The independent death investigation is often performed in conjunction with law enforcement and includes collecting information concerning the circumstances surrounding the death and obtaining the medical and social history of the decedent. An autopsy is required in many cases and is used in conjunction with the investigation to determine the cause of death. The autopsy involves observing and interpreting the external and internal structures of the body to gain information about the individual’s death, and serves as the means to discover information that cannot be obtained in other ways, and to provide independent confirmation of what is known or suspected.

What we Do
The Coroner has supervisory authority over all staff; makes budget recommendations and determines, directs, and/or approves all expenditures of the office; and establishes office policy. Coordinates with other county departments as needed, manages contracts, and collective bargaining agreements. The Office Manager has supervisory authority over Coroner’s Investigators, and any other staff; serves as the safety coordinator, drafts office policy, ensures the accuracy of investigative reports, release of confidential information, public disclosure requests, monitors budget, tracks training records, authorizes indigent disposition. The Operations Manager may be assigned other duties as required. The Investigators perform death scene investigations by observing and evaluating the scene of death, interviewing witnesses, and obtaining information about the decedent’s medical and social history. Investigators document findings in writing and through digital images and provide this information to the Coroner. They also transport human remains to the Coroner’s Office facility, and the GBI Crime Lab and locate and notify the next-of-kin. Investigators are responsible for inventory and documentation of property and evidence (when applicable), maintaining chain of custody, and releasing remains, property and evidence to the proper representatives/agencies.

Hours of Operations
Hours of operations : Monday - Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Friday 8:00 am - 4 pm Closed Saturday & Sunday

Autopsy Request
Autopsies can be requested by next of kin only with identification. It has to be requested by phone or via email. It has to be picked up by the requestor and by appointment.