Services Provided

Services Provided

Some of the Specific duties and responsibilities are as follows:

  1. Coordinates the investigation and determines the circumstances, manner, and cause of all violent, sudden or unusual deaths.
  2. Selects the deputy coroners and other personnel as needed.
  3. Supervises and instructs employees.
  4. Orders and sees that autopsies are attended by either Law Enforcement Agency or personnel of his office or both.
  5. Prepares annual budget request for office.
  6. Notifies next of kin.
  7. Completes Death Certificates and Cremation Certificates.
  8. Orders and conducts Inquest.
  9. Conducts meetings and conferences with Law Enforcement Agencies, attorneys, physicians, hospital personnel, funeral directors, news media, ambulance attendants and public.
  10. Prepares reports and press releases. Makes sure media does not release names and addresses until next-of-kin are notified.
  11. Gives presentations at schools, seminars, and service clubs, nursing homes and hospital staffs.
  12. Requests organ donations from next-of-kin and sees that those wishes are carried out.
  13. Procurement of blood and urine samples for the purpose of toxicology tests.

Henry County Coroner

Melissa Watkins

Phone: 309-937-5550  
Fax:  309-937-5548  



307 West Center Street
Cambridge, IL   61238
Office Hours:      
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday - Friday