The Office of Coroner in St. Clair County is an elected position for a term of four years. This department works very closely with the District Attorney's Office and the Sheriff's Department. In 2000, the St. Clair County Commission purchased property and space for the Sheriff. Sheriff Terry Surles designated this building as the Death Investigation Department, and assigned it to the Coroner.
This was the first facility of this type in St. Clair County, located at 14 17th Street in Pell City, Alabama. The Charles Forman Investigation Center is dedicated in memory and named after a former St. Clair County Coroner, Charles Forman. This facility has a conference room, office, evidence room, examination room, and a 10 x 12 foot refrigerated cooler with three examination tables.