>In the simplest of terms, a Coroner is an elected official, who, depending on state law, may only need to be 18 years of age with a valid driver’s license and the ability to pass a background check. Scary!!! Some states are a little more strict on who they will allow to run for office. States such as Ohio require that you be a licensed physician with two years of practicing medicine before you can run for office. A little less scary!!!
A Medical Examiner must be a licensed pathologist (the way it should be- but that’s just my opinion) and is an appointed official. What does appointed mean? It basically means that a medical examiner can be fired just like anyone else. A coroner has to be kicked out of office or forced to resign from office. That’s a bit trickier.