GENEVA – Kane County Coroner Rob Russell on Thursday unveiled a new logo to represent his office.
“Our new identity will go a long way in communicating our message,” Russell said to a small crowd gathered in Geneva at the Herrington Inn.
The coroner’s office has long been represented by a logo portraying the hand of a higher power holding the scales of justice. A bundle of wheat also was depicted.
“It didn’t signify anything for Kane County,” Russell said. “It didn’t signify the [coroner’s] office at all.”
Russell enlisted the help of St. Charles resident Ethan Pollard, a third-year graphic design student at Judson University, to update the logo at no cost to taxpayers.
Pollard, who described the project as a “fantastic opportunity,” said the logo was the result of several months’ work.
As a nod to the first coroners, Russell said, the logo includes a knight kneeling at a headstone. Rays of sunlight – which could be from a sunset or sunrise – are behind the knight to show that the coroner works all hours, including holidays and weekends, he said.
In addition to “The Office of Kane County Coroner,” the logo has only three other words, the Latin for honor, truth and service.
Russell said the updated logo will help communicate and clarify the role of his office, which aims to determine the cause and manner of death; identify decedents; notify next of kin; protecting decedents’ property; and assisting survivors with advocacy group referrals when appropriate.
“We are the guardians of the deceased,” he said.
Russell said he decided to unveil the logo at the Herrington Inn because of its historical significance. It was the site of the county’s first courthouse and where county officials, including coroner, were first elected, he said.
He said he intends to present the new logo to the Kane County Board at an upcoming meeting.