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James Patton

James.Patton@sangamonil.govZach Thomas

James started his career as a part time Deputy Coroner in the fall of 2017, while working full time for the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office. James has been employed by Sangamon County since 2012, both as a Corrections Officer and a Court Security Officer. He transitioned into a full time Death investigator in January 2021. As a full time Death Investigator, James’s job duties will consist of collecting evidence, drawing toxicology samples, conducting follow-up/case management on Coroner’s cases to help the Forensic Pathologist and Coroner to determine the cause and manner of death, and assist grieving families in their time of need. James looks forward to continuing to serve the resident of Sangamon County.  


Home Town: Springfield, IL


2000-2004 Chatham Glenwood High School
LLCC: Credits towards Associates in Criminal Justice
UIS: continued studying for BA in Criminal Justice



Master Firearms Instructor
Basic Firearms Instructor
Crisis Intervention Team 
LEADS Certified