County Seeks New Coroner

February 14, 2019
County Seeks New Coroner

Luzerne County is looking for a new coroner.

William Lisman, who has served as county coroner since the home rule form of government took effect in 2012, plans to retire next month. The job opening was posted on the county website this week.

According to the listed job summary, the coroner “shall be responsible for ... the investigation of all deaths which occur without prior medical attention, deaths where the physician is unable to certify the cause of death, and those deaths due to unnatural causes or violence, which include all accidents, suicides, and homicides, and to rule as to the manner of death.”

The coroner must also approve all cremations and organ donations in the county, and is responsible for identification and proper disposal of all unclaimed bodies.

The minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree, a minimum of five years’ experience in a coroner’s office or equal experience in death investigations conducted by law enforcement, and court testimony experience in death investigations or hearings.

Also required is the physical ability to assist in body recovery and transport of up to 100 pounds.

Applicants must have, or obtain within one year of employment, certification from the Pennsylvania Coroner Education Board.

The deadline to apply is Feb. 26.

The salary range for the coroner’s position is listed as $48,000 to $52,000. Lisman’s salary in 2018 was $53,662, according to county records.


Lisman, 67, said last fall that he planned to retire early this year so he could spend more time with his family and grandchildren.

The county coroner had been an elected position before home rule took effect.

The full description of the coroner’s job can be found at the county website: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/luzernecounty?page=2.

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