Welcome to the Coroner's Office
Jo-Ann Farmer served as a Deputy Coroner for nearly 23 years and the last 17 of those years, she served as the Chief Deputy Coroner. During this time, Jo-Ann earned “Advanced Coroner” designation in 2005 and achieved “Master Coroner” designation in 2011. After a two year sabbatical, she ran for office and was elected Jefferson County Coroner in November 2023. Her community involvement includes: Board member of the Kentucky Coroner’s Association, Kentucky Coroner's Mass Disaster Team, Child Fatality Team, Indigent Burial Program, Drunk Driving Program for Teens and multiple other community organizations. She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky Nursing Program and her nursing experience includes: Charge Nurse of Trauma/Emergency Room, Labor and Delivery, Coronary Care and Intensive Care Units in Lexington, Covington and Louisville. In addition, she has worked as an Industrial Nurse for Armor Elevator Company and served as an “on-call” Pediatric Nurse for many years. Jo-Ann was a Pediatric Nursing instructor at Jefferson Community College and continues to be a guest lecturer at various local nursing programs each year. She is the keynote speaker for Bellarmine University several times per year, lecturing on Forensics and speaks to multiple high schools and community organizations on Forensics as well. She conducted a six-week Forensic seminar at the Louisville Free Public Library and two full-day seminars at University of Central Florida. Jo-Ann is a native Louisvillian, a wife, mother of two adult sons and “Mimi” to two young grandsons.