The Coroner is one of the most emotionally and physically demanding elected positions in the County. The Coroner must find a balance between professionalism and compassion as he/she deals with families and friends of the recently deceased. The County Coroner's authority and responsibilities extend throughout the County including municipalities.
Once the Corner takes oath he/she is designated the chief medical examiner (CME) or chief medical examiner investigator (CMEI) for the county. A CME is a doctor of medicine (M.D.) or osteopathic medicine (D.O.) licensed in the State of Mississippi, while a CMEI is a non-physician possessing, as a minimum, a high school diploma or its equivalent.