Mission & Core Values

Mission Statement
The Lake County Coroner's Office exists to serve the community by providing timely Medico-legal death investigations in a professional and courteous manner, while ensuring the highest level of compassion, dignity and respect for the deceased and their families.

Through collaborative efforts that value recognized best practices, advances in technology and training, our efforts will serve those who can no longer serve themselves. We will also care for the living by providing historical data, identifying trends and offering recommendations to help prevent deaths of similar circumstances. Central to our mission are the values that guide our work and decisions and help us contribute to the quality of life in Lake County.

Core Values
The strategic plan for accomplishing the Lake County Coroner's Office mission must begin by identifying core values which need to be preserved and defended by the Lake County Coroner's Office in performing its statutory mission.

Those values are: rigorous obedience of the Constitution of these United States; respect for the dignity of all those we serve; compassion; fairness; and uncompromising personal and institutional integrity. These values do not exhaust the goals which we wish to achieve, but they capsulize them as well as can be done in a few words. Our values must be fully understood, practiced, shared, vigorously defended, and preserved.

Observance of these core values is our guarantee of excellence and propriety in performing the Lake County Coroner's Office Mission and Medico-legal investigative functions. Rigorous obedience to constitutional principles ensures that we always remember that constitutional guarantees are more important than the outcome of any single interview, search for evidence, or investigation. Respect for the dignity of all whom we serve reminds us to wield power with restraint. Fairness and compassion ensure that we treat everyone with the highest regard for dignity and respect for civil and human rights. Personal and institutional integrity reinforce each other and are owed to the County in exchange for the sacred trust and great authority conferred upon us.

We who serve the community must regard this trust as the authorization for our power. Because the success of the Lake County Coroner's Office in accomplishing its mission is directly related to the support and cooperation of the Citizens of Lake County, these core values are the fiber which holds together the vitality of our institution.