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Kristin HigginsPublic Policy CenterPhone: 501-671-2160Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
by Kristin Higgins - May 6, 2022
Updated Blog Post
Are you looking at your sample ballot for the Nov. 8 Arkansas election? There are
a lot of jobs on the ballot that people might not know what they do.
Today we highlight the job of a county coroner.
When someone dies in Arkansas, the county corner has a role in responding and documenting
what happened. The county coroner is one of nine elected executive positions in Arkansas
though it's an appointed position in some counties.
Term in Office: A constitutional amendment approved by voters in 2016 changed the term of a county
coroner from two years to four years. The pay for the job varies depending on the
population of the county, and is set by the Quorum Court using minimums and maximums
in state law.
The Association of Arkansas Counties reported salaries ranging from about $6,000 to
$125,527 in their 2021 county government salary survey. In Grant County, the coroner salary was listed at $75 per call. Counties that reported
a low salary were for part-time positions.
Act 194 of 2017 created a tiered pay for coroners, allowing Quorum Courts the ability to pay a higher
salary for corners with specific training.
Over their four-year term, a county coroner is responsible for:
Early voting starts Oct. 24 and Election Day is Nov. 8. Find out what is on your ballot
at the Arkansas Secretary of State's VoterView website, https://www.voterview.ar-nova.org/VoterView.
Use our 2022 Arkansas Ballot Issues Voter Guide to learn about the constitutional amendments on this year's ballot.
Arkansas Coroners 2022 Procedures Manual - Association of Arkansas Counties