The current county coroner is Ben Gehring, Garrison with Paul Sannes, Washburn, serving as deputy. They are appointed on an annual basis. The coroner holds inquests by calling a coroner's jury anytime individuals are killed or die under suspicious circumstances. The jury is made up of three individuals chosen from residents of the county. The coroner also acts as the sheriff if the sheriff is disqualified or otherwise unable to exercise the duties of the office. The position is a part-time one.