Title 35, Chapter 3, Section 153
(a) Within the division there shall be an office of chief medical
(b) The chief medical examiner shall be appointed by the director.
No person may be the chief medical examiner unless that person at
the time of appointment is a pathologist certified in forensic
pathology by the American Board of Pathology.
(c) It shall be the duty of the chief medical examiner to:
(1) Establish death investigation regions throughout the state and
establish policies concerning the requirements for appointment of
regional medical examiners to oversee death investigation
activities in each established region;
(2) Appoint regional medical examiners;
(3) Employ forensic consultants and other independent contractors
with the approval of the division director;
(4) Organize and conduct regular educational sessions as may be
needed for medical examiners and coroners in the state in
cooperation with the Georgia Coroner's Training Council and the
Georgia Police Academy;
(5) Maintain permanent death investigation records for all
jurisdictions in the state;
(6) Establish death investigation guidelines for coroners and
medical examiners; and
(7) Cooperate with other state agencies, as appropriate, to ensure
public health and safety.
(d) If there is a vacancy in the office of chief medical examiner or
the chief medical examiner is disqualified or otherwise unable to
perform the duties of said office, the division director shall be
authorized to perform the duties of chief medical examiner.