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About The Ada County Coroner’s Office

The Coroner Elect is responsible for certifying the cause and manner of death for Ada County cases as well as managing the daily operations of the office. This position is highly skilled and requires extensive expertise and experience in the death investigation field in order to hold and maintain the International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners (IAC&ME) accreditation as well as the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME) accreditation; the ACCO proudly upholds both.

The field of forensics and medical legal death investigation has undergone dramatic changes over the last few years. The Ada County Coroner’s Office is proud to report that it has been on the forefront of those changes, and has established itself as a highly respected leader in the industry. The Ada County Coroner’s Office, while mandated by Idaho State Statutes, is well set to continue this tradition of maintaining the absolute highest standards of medical legal death investigation for the people of Ada County. The Ada County Coroner’s Office operates under the statuary obligation of determining cause and manner of death along with the obligation of identifying deceased individuals and locating and notifying legal next of kin within Ada County. Deaths are investigated for any individual who expires within Ada County boundaries, whether the individual is an Ada County resident or not. The ACCO investigates all deaths within its jurisdiction including deaths unattended by a physician, violent or non-natural deaths and deaths of minors (children under the age of 18) with no significant medical history.

The Ada County Coroner’s Office is a separate and independent office of the Ada County government. The ACCO is funded through the Ada County Board of County Commissioners by the citizens of Ada County. The Ada County Coroner’s Office serves the living by working on behalf of the deceased to obtain the truth and circumstances of their death. Although the office works closely with other entities and professionals, this Office is independent of all other entities; law enforcement agencies, physicians, nursing homes, hospitals, defense attorneys, prosecuting attorneys etc. The ACCO employs a total of 26.5 individuals, with three distinct divisions consisting of Administration, Investigations and Forensics. All three divisions work in tandem with one another, and each division plays a vital role within the office. The Administration team is essential to the general day to day operations of the office, providing support and assistance to funeral homes and families of the deceased. The Investigations team consists of highly trained investigators certified by the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI). The Investigations staff is scheduled 24/7 and responds to death scenes and hospitals. The Forensics team consists of the forensic pathologists who conduct the autopsies and the forensic technicians who support the services of the morgue. The Ada County Coroner’s Office responds to death scenes in all six cities (Boise, Garden City, Meridian, Kuna, Star and Eagle) in addition to all of unincorporated Ada County comprising an overall geographical area of approximately 1,060 square miles.