Title 45, Chapter 16, Section 7
(a) As soon as practicable after July 1, 1980, and at the beginning
of each term of the coroner thereafter, the coroner of each county
shall appoint a deputy coroner or coroners as provided in this Code
section. A deputy coroner shall be appointed for each county, and
one or more additional deputy coroners may be appointed for any
county, in the discretion of the coroner. Each deputy coroner shall
serve at the pleasure of the coroner and may be replaced by the
coroner at any time. Each deputy coroner shall take the same oath,
give the same bond, be entitled to the same fees, and have the same
powers as the coroner; but a deputy coroner shall act as coroner
only when the coroner is himself unable to act.
(b) No person shall be eligible to hold the office of deputy coroner
unless he or she holds a high school diploma or its recognized
equivalent. Any deputy coroner who is in office on July 1, 1980,
however, shall without limitation be eligible to serve as deputy
coroner at any time after said date without regard to whether he or
she meets the requirements of this subsection.
(c) Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, there shall be
appointed only one deputy coroner, and, on and after July 1, 1999,
there shall only be one deputy coroner in each such county unless
otherwise approved by the local governing authority of the county.