Ben Hill County Commission
402-A East Pine Street
Fitzgerald, Georgia 31750
(229) 426-5100

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The Honorable John B. "Johnny" Burch
County Coroner 

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(229) 426-5157

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My Current Term Expires December 31, 2016


The coroner's major role in the investigation is to establish the cause and manner of death. The cause is the medical reason the person dies and the manner is whether they died as a result of a homicide, suicide, accident, natural causes, or in an undetermined fashion.

The Coroners office provides the following services for Ben Hill County Residents: 

To investigate deaths that occur in Ben Hill County:     

  • As a result of violence  
  • Suicide or casualty
  • Suddenly when in apparent good health
  • When unattended by a physician
  • In any suspicious or unusual manner
  • After birth, but before seven years of age if the death is unexpected or unexplained
  • As a result of an execution carried out pursuant to the death penalty
  • When an inmate of a state hospital, or a state, county, or city penal institution dies