The Marshall County Coroner is the Chief Death Investigator and Clerk for the County. With training in Medicolegal Death Investigation the Coroners Office is prepared to lead death investigations to the fullest and assist law enforcement investigators. The Coroner is responsible for determining the identity of a decedent, as well as the cause and manner of death. The Coroners Office must also be notified of the cremation of individuals who die within Marshall County. The Coroners Office works with the local police departments, Marshall County Sheriffs Department, Alabama State Troopers, Alabama Fire Marshall's Office, Marshall Medical Center South and North, as well as all of the funeral homes within the county. The Coroner's Office serves under the motto: Seek truth, show compassion.
The office of the coroner serves the living by working on behalf of the deceased to obtain the truth about the circumstances of their death through the following mission:
To accurately determine the manner and the cause of death of individuals that die within Marshall County; through a fair, ethical, and competent investigation of the death; performed by qualified and trained individuals, in accordance with the accepted medicolegal death investigation professional standards; ensuring the integrity of the investigation.
To assist the bereaved in the loss of a loved one.
To earn and hold the trust and respect of the citizens that we are privileged and honored to serve.
As a constitutional officer of the state, the coroner is separate and independent of the county commission and all other local government agencies, but is funded by the Marshall County Commission.
What is a Medicolegal Death Investigator?
The role of the medicolegal death investigator is to investigate any death that falls under the jurisdiction of the medical examiner or coroner, including all suspicious, violent, unexplained and unexpected deaths. The medicolegal death investigator is responsible for the dead person, whereas the local law enforcement jurisdiction is responsible for the scene. The medicolegal death investigator performs scene investigations emphasizing information developed from the decedent and determines the extent to which further investigation is necessary. Medicolegal death investigators should have a combination of education and skills encompassing areas of medicine and law.
Coroners Office Officials
Cody Nugent, Coroner
(256) 568-8900 Ext. 801
Cody was elected Marshall County Coroner in 2018 after serving for over 6 years as a Deputy Coroner. He has basic certification from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine in Medicolegal Death Investigation. He became a licensed Funeral Director in 2011 and a licensed Embalmer in 2013 after graduating from Jefferson State Community College with an Associates in Funeral Service Education. Cody has extensive hands on experience in death investigation and training as a Medicolegal Death Investigator.
Cody has training through the Alabama Department of Public Heath in Child Injury & Death Scene Re-construction and Re-enactment, which aids in SUIDI (Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Investigations).
Andrew Brooks, Deputy Coroner
(256) 568-8900 Ext. 806
Brandon Brown, Deputy Coroner
(256) 568-8900 Ext. 803
Matt Burns, Deputy Coroner
(256) 568-8900 Ext. 804
Chris Brock, Chief Deputy Coroner
(256) 568-8900 Ext. 802
Chris was born and raised in Boaz and has lived there all of his life. He is married to Amber Brock and they have been together since 2004. He attended Boaz High School where he graduated in 2005. He attended classes at Snead State and Gadsden State where he first obtained his EMS certification in 2008. He began his EMS career in Gadsden soon after obtaining his certification in 2008. He obtained his Advanced EMT certification in 2011 . He began working for Marshall Medical Centers EMS in 2012 and has been with this service since. He has volunteered with Beulah VFD since 2008 where he has served in an officer capacity for the last 8 years. He has taken numerous incident command classes, haz-mat awareness and operations, and certified volunteer fire fighter through the Alabama Fire College.
Mike McCormack, Deputy Coroner
(256) 568-8900 Ext. 805