Chase Ridgeway took office as Georgetown County's Coroner in January 2021. He previously served as Deputy Coroner and has been a managing partner of a local funeral home since 2012. He knew from an early age he wanted to help people through the difficult period of grieving that follows loss of a loved one. That led him to begin volunteering at a funeral home in high school and to go on to attend Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science in Atlanta. He did his apprenticeship at Dunbar Funeral Home in Columbia, one of the largest funeral homes in the state at the time. He received his S.C. Funeral Director's License and Embalmer's License in 2009. As Deputy Coroner, he received training in death investigation and other matters that prepared him to serve as Coroner. He works closely with local law enforcement, fire/EMS officials and other agencies.