About the Office
The coroner works in conjunction with the police or sheriff to investigate all county deaths of a violent nature, by undue means, or where a crime may have been committed (accident, homicide, or suicide). The coroner may hold an inquest to determine how the person died and other facts concerning the death. As soon as the coroner completes his investigation of the cause and manner of death he files the death certificate with the local registrar who certifies it. The death certificate is then filed with the State.
It is the duty of the coroner to issue cremation permits on all bodies to be cremated that died in Bradford County. The county coroner is also a conservator of the peace, having the same powers as the Sheriff. The coroner serves as Sheriff when the Office of Sheriff is vacant, or when the Sheriff is interested, partial, or prejudiced in a case. The Coroner's Office is a law enforcement office and the coroner is a law enforcement official.
Thomas M. Carman:
Thomas M. Carman was elected by the citizens of Bradford County in November of 2007. Prior to this he was with the office, serving as a Deputy Coroner from 1999-2001. From 2001 until being elected as Coroner in 2007 he served as the Chief Deputy Coroner.
Thomas M. Carman is certified by the Pa Attorney General and has remained certified since 2000. In addition Thomas M. Carman has 26 years of street medicine experience and is a Certified Medical Investigator by the American Board of Forensic Medicine. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Homicide Investigators Association and is certified in Advanced Homicide Investigation. Thomas M. Carman has extensive training in multiple Medico-Legal death investigation programs. He is involved in pre-hospital education, teaching for both the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Bucks County Community College.