Delivery to county treasurer of property found on body--Action for recovery.
coroner must within thirty days after an inquest upon a dead body deliver to the county treasurer any
money or other property which may be found upon the body, not expended for burial expenses as
provided in § 7-14-3, unless claimed in the meantime by the legal representatives of the decedent.
If he fails to do so, the treasurer may proceed against him for its recovery by a civil action in the
name of the county.
Deposit and sale of property found on body--Delivery to decedent's estate.
delivery of any property to the treasurer, as provided in § 7-14-5, he must, if it be money, place it to
the credit of the county; or, if it be other property, he must within thirty days sell it at public auction,
upon reasonable notice, and place the proceeds to the credit of the county. If the money in the
treasury be demanded within six years by the legal representatives of the decedent, the treasurer must
pay it to them, after deducting the fees and expenses of the coroner and of the county in relation to
the matter; or it may be paid at any time thereafter upon the order of the board of county
Source: PolC 1877, ch 21, §§ 85, 86; CL 1887, §§ 680, 681; RPolC 1903, §§ 915, 916; RC 1919,
§§ 5971, 5972; SDC 1939, § 12.1103.
7-14-7 Coroner to account for property before fees paid.
Coroner to account for property before fees paid.
Before auditing and allowing any
account of the coroner the board of county commissioners must require from him a statement in
writing of any money or other property found upon persons on whom inquests have been held by
him, verified by his oath, to the effect that the statement is true, and that the money or property
mentioned in it has been delivered to the legal representatives of the decedent or to the county
Source: PolC 1877, ch 21, § 87; CL 1887, § 682; RPolC 1903, § 917; RC 1919, § 5973; SDC 1939,
The coroner may receive a salary which shall be set by the board of
county commissioners and the coroner may be furnished with a radio by the county capable of
transmitting and receiving government bands.
Source: SL 1985, ch 48, § 1.
7-14-9 Appointment and compensation of deputies.
Appointment and compensation of deputies.
The coroner may appoint one or more
deputies and each deputy shall receive fees and expenses as determined at the discretion of the board
of the county commissioners. The deputy coroner may not receive a salary.
Source: SL 1985, ch 48, § 2; SL 2005, ch 45, § 1.
7-14-10 Training programs.
Each newly selected county coroner shall participate in the
training program established by the Law Enforcement Officers Standards Commission within one
year of taking office. Each county coroner shall participate in and successfully complete an advanced
or refresher training established by the commission at least every two years.
Source: SL 2010, ch 123, § 3.
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