In the hustle and bustle of daily life, it’s easy to become disconnected from the heartbeat of your community. Yet, encouraging the growth of strong connections with local officials, leaders, and neighbors is not just a good idea—it’s vital for fostering a sense of belonging and building a resilient, supportive community. Here’s how you can get to know the people who shape your community:

Patrick Turner: Bibb County Coroner

This week we are going to get to know our county coroner, Patrick Turner. Patrick is 53 years old. He and his wife Kelli reside in Brent, they have together a total of 4 children, 2 boys and 2 girls, ages 7, 10, 18 and 24. They also are blessed with a beautiful grandson.

Here are some answers given on my questions, let’s see what Patrick had to say:

Can you describe your typical day -to- day responsibilities as a coroner? “Typically, I am to be available 24/7 to respond to in field death calls, at the time of arrival a joint decision between myself and law enforcement decides whether or not the death deems further investigation or if it is a natural cause of death.”

What motivated you to pursue a career in forensic pathology? “While I’m not a pathologist, I do have a strong desire to investigate deaths. I have 17 years’ experience in Emergency Medical Services and death investigation has always intrigued me. But one of the biggest motivators has been having the ability to serve the citizens of Bibb County. My wife really encouraged me because she believed in me to perform this job.”

What are the most challenging aspects of your job? “Every aspect of this job is challenging. The late night calls, the sadness of the poor grieving families, and most of all the loss of a child.”

How do you collaborate with law enforcement and other agencies during death investigations? “All our officers and deputies are great to work with. We all go hand in hand in working together.”

How do you stay current with the latest developments and best practices in forensic? “Continuing Education is a must. The Alabama Coroners Association is amazing in providing classes and training.”

Now it’s time to get to know Patrick’s personality. I asked him several questions on hobbies, talents, food and relaxing, let’s check out his answers.

What’s the most unusual hobby or interest you have outside work? “Outside of work I really don’t have any hobbies. It’s hard to get involved when you’re on call 24/7. I do love spending time with my wife ‘my rock’, and my kids. But in the fall it’s Bama Football!”


Do you have any hidden talents or skills that might surprise people? “I can cook really well. My mother was Italian so anything in that flavor is my specialty.”

If you weren’t a coroner, what other career would you like to have tried? “A charter boat captain on the Gulf. I love the ocean and everything about it.”

What is your go-to comfort food or favorite dish to cook? “When my wife cooks butterbeans, cornbread, fried pork chops, fried green tomatoes, homemade mac and cheese and her amazing, deviled eggs. It’s an amazing meal!”

What’s your favorite way to unwind and relax after a long day? “Sitting on our porch with my wife talking about our day and life in general.”


“Exploring your community allows you to uncover its hidden gems and forge meaningful connections with your neighbors.” Thank you, Patrick, for taking the time to answer our questions so that we may get to know you and your family on a more personal level.