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Administrative Staff


Bryant Wilke R.S., MPH

Health Officer / Director of Environmental Health

Heather Kohn

Medical Examiner Secretary

The Sanilac County Medical Examiner’s Office is located at:


                        Sanilac County Health Department

                        171 Dawson, Suite 123

                        Sandusky, Michigan  48471


            Phone:             810-648-4098 option #7

            Fax:                 810-648-2646


            Office Hours:   8 am to 4:00 pm – Monday through Friday (except for holidays)




The Medical Examiner’s Office is responsible for, in coordination with local police, death investigations of:


  • Accidents

  • Natural/sudden/unexpected deaths

  • Violent deaths (homicides/suicides)

  • Suspicious circumstances

  • Prison deaths

  • Causes of death not determined by attending physician and instances where no physician is available to sign the death certificate


The Medical Examiner must also authorize and sign permits for all cremations permits, disinterment/reinterrment permits, and death certificates.


Medical Examiner Related Links:


Michigan Child Death Review

Sanilac County Chief Medical Examiner
William J. Starbird, M.D.
Sanilac County Deputy Medical Examiner
Dr. Russell Bush, M.D., M.P.H.

Cremation fees will be $55 beginning January 1, 2021

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