It is the policy and responsibility of the County of Glenn to provide for the disposition of unclaimed human remains in a respectful and dignified manner.
As used in this section, the following terms shall have the following meanings:
“County” – shall mean the County of Glenn, State of California.
“Board” – shall mean the Glenn County Board of Supervisors.
“Coroner” – shall mean the Glenn County peace officer with responsibility and authority to carry out the duties specified in the California Government Code, the California Health & Safety Code, and other governing statutes and regulations.
“Cemetery Authority” – shall mean a public cemetery district lying wholly or partly within the County, or other person owning or controlling cemetery lands or property within the County.
“Scattering” – shall mean dispersal of cremated remains at sea, commingling in a designated area within a cemetery, or in other areas in the county.
“Public Administrator” – shall mean a legally mandated office of Glenn County, who serves in a fiduciary capacity to manage and distribute the assets of county residents who have passed away when no personal representative is appointed.
A. The California Health & Safety Code provides that certain persons, in a specified order of hierarchy, have the right to possession and disposition of human remains.
B. The Public Administrator and/or the Coroner shall exert all reasonable efforts to locate an individual(s) who has the legal authority and responsibility for disposing of the remains of the deceased.
C. However, from time-to-time no such persons exist, or such persons who do exist do not have either the will or financial resources to fulfill their obligation for the disposition of the remains. In such cases, the Public Administrator and/or the Coroner shall assume responsibility for the disposal of the remains of the deceased.
1. If the deceased has “sufficient assets,” the duty of disposition of the remains falls to the County’s Public Administrator.
2. In the event the deceased does not have “sufficient assets,” the duty for disposition of the remains falls to the Coroner.
D. In all cases in which the duty for disposition of the remains falls to the County or an official of the County, the County shall accept custody and disposition of only those remains which have been cremated.
E. The remains shall be either interred in the ground or scattered. Interment in the ground shall occur only in an existing and currently operating cemetery. Scattering may occur in an existing cemetery, or in another area of the County meeting the requirements of Health & Safety Code § 7116.
F. The County may enter into a contract with one or more public cemetery districts lying wholly or partly within the County for the interment of cremated remains. The County shall pay the cost of such interment and contribute to the district’s endowment care fund. Such interment may be individual in-ground interment of the remains, or commingling of the remains with others in an ossuary.
G. In the event the County elects to either scatter or inter remains in a public district cemetery in the County, the County shall also provide a plaque to the cemetery to be displayed in a place and in such matter as stipulated by the district.
H. The Coroner shall maintain records required by the California Government Code.
I. The Public Administrator and/or the Coroner may obtain reimbursement for costs incurred, if sufficient assets are available, pursuant to various provision of the California Government Code.