Butts County Coroner Ralph Wilson was honored by the Georgia Coroners Association this past week when he was named as the recipient of the 2011 Georgia Coroner of the Year award. Wilson, who served as President of the Association in 2009, is one of 154 elected Coroners serving from across the state. The A.R. King Coroner of the Year award is the highest recognition that a Coroner can receive for his or her work in the field. It has been awarded by the Association since 1992 and nominations come from the membership for Coroners and Deputy Coroners for outstanding service to their communities and to the Association. Wilson was previously recognized by the Association in 2008 with the Leroy Sims Distinguished Service Award.

The Georgia Coroner’s Association is the recognized professional association for Georgia’s elected Coroners and their appointed Deputy Coroners. The Association serves to promote higher professional standards for its members through training and education, as well as to promote legislation relevant to the improvement of the profession and its standards of quality for local Offices of the Coroner. It also serves to educate the public on the many duties performed by Coroners and their deputies across the state and to foster good will and better communication between Coroners and other public safety officials.

Wilson is the first Coroner from Butts County to receive this prestigious recognition.