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Poarch Band of Creek Indians Tribal Code

[Includes amendments and additions dated through 2004]

§25 CORONER

INITIALS         
DATE 2-17-91
[Initials on original document.]

§25-1-1 QUALIFICATIONS OF CORONER

A. To be eligible to hold the office of Coroner a person must be:

1) Physically able to carry out the duties of the office;

2) Of high moral character and integrity;

3) Capable of preparing the papers and reports incident to the office of Coroner;

4) A medical doctor or registered nurse, or a licensed embalmer who has completed course studies in mortuary science.

 

§25-1-2 APPOINTMENT OF CORONER

A. The Coroner shall be appointed by the Tribal Chairman concurrent with a majority vote of the Tribal Council.

 

§25-1-3 OATH OF OFFICE OF CORONER

A. On taking office the Coroner shall be administered the following oath:

I                &nbsp , do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians; and that I will faithfully, honestly, and impartially discharge the duties of the office of Coroner to the best of my ability, so help me God.

 

§25-1-4 TERM OF OFFICE OF CORONER

A. The Coroner shall hold office for a period of one (1) year, unless sooner removed for cause, or by reason of resignation, death, or incapacitation.

B. The Coroner's term of office can be reconfirmed without limitation by the Tribal Council upon expiration of each one (1) year term.

 

§25-1-5 DUTIES OF CORONER

A. When the Coroner has been informed that a person is found dead on Poarch Creek Indian Reservation property without being attended by a legally qualified physician, the Coroner shall forthwith proceed to the place where the dead person is lying, examine the dead body to ascertain the cause of death and report same to the Poarch Creek Tribal Police Department.

B. When a Coroner is unable to determine the cause of death from an external postmortem examination and the Coroner has reasonable cause to believe that deceased came to his death by unlawful means, the Coroner may in such cases order any physician or surgeon to perform an autopsy and report findings to the Coroner in writing.

C. At anytime in which the Coroner is unable to attend a dead body he shall appoint a Deputy Coroner to act in his behalf so long as the Deputy Coroner meets the qualifications to hold the office of Coroner.

 

§25-1-6 REMOVAL OF CORONER

A. The Coroner may be removed from office by a two third (2/3) vote of the Council Members present at the Tribal Council Meeting, but not less than five (5) votes of the Tribal Council for neglect of duty or gross misconduct.

B. Should the Coroner be removed from office, the vacancy shall be filled for the remainder of the unexpired term by the Tribal Chairman concurrent with a majority vote of the Tribal Council.

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