Special Investigator (Medical Examiner)

Recruitment #230510-7803AR-002


Connecticut Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

The State of ConnecticutOffice of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) is a free-standing. modern facility located on the UCONN Health Center Campus in Farmington, CT.  The office is a state-wide medical examiner system charged with the investigation of sudden and unexpected deaths that, by statute, fall under our jurisdiction. Our agency operates 24/7/365 performing these death investigations.

We are recruiting for one (1) full-time Special Investigator (Medical Examiner) position to work 40 hours per week in our facility located in Farmington, CT.  The hours of work are as follows:  Monday - Friday, 3:00pm - 11:30pm, and every third weekend 3:00pm - 11:30pm (occasional holdiay and on-call cverage required).  NOTE:  This position will require knowledge of investigatory methods and techniques, and knowledge of medical terminology.  The incumbent in this role:

  • Must possess a valid Connecticut Motor Vehicle Operator’s License and may be required to travel.  Must be physically fit to perform some lifting. 
  • Must be willing to undergo periodic tests or immunizations for communicable diseases as necessary.  
  • May be exposed to some risk of injury from such elements as toxic vapors or broken glass and may be exposed to disagreeable conditions including communicable infectious diseases.     

NOTE:  In addition to the checking of references and facts stated in the application, a thorough background investigation will be completed before the candidate is certified for appointment. 

Selection Plan

In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.  Applicants invited to interview may be required to submit additional documentation, which supports their qualification(s) for this position.  These documents may include:  a resume, performance reviews, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency. 

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Should you have questions pertaining to any phase of this recruitment, please contact the hiring agency's human resources office:, 860-679-3982.


In a state agency or quasi-public entity this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of tasks in conducting investigations related to alleged violations of state laws and regulations or sudden and unexplained deaths.


  • Visits scene of death;
  • Reviews medical records;
  • Conducts investigations related to assigned complaints, alleged violations of state laws and regulations or sudden and/or unexplained deaths;
  • Interviews witnesses, complainants, medical and hospital personnel and others to obtain information;
  • Secures evidence in form of statements, documents, records and exhibits which may be used in administrative hearings and/or court proceedings;
  • Researches, collects and evaluates data;
  • Compiles information;
  • Writes reports and recommends appropriate corrective action;
  • Answers public inquiries; 
  • May serve as photographer in routine cases;
  • May prepare affidavits and applications for arrest warrants;
  • May prepare search and seizure warrants;
  • May issue citations;
  • May testify at hearings and in court;
  • May conduct surveillance;
  • May secure samples for testing;
  • May conduct legal research;
  • Performs related duties as required.


  • Knowledge of
    • medical terminology; knowledge of investigatory methods and techniques;
    • relevant state laws and regulations;
    • relevant professional terminology; 
  • Skills
    • interpersonal skills;
    • oral and written communication skills;
    • interviewing skills;
  • Ability to utilize computer software.


Five (5) years of investigatory experience in a medicolegal investigative agency, police or military setting involving sudden and/or unexplained deaths.


  • College training in forensic science may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
  • A Master's degree in a closely related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
  • Successful completion of a Connecticut Careers Trainee program approved by the Department of Administrative Services may be substituted for the General Experience.


  • American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigations Certification. 
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, web based systems.  
  • Ability to adapt to high stress and traumatic situations.
  • Experience working in a medical examiner/coroner office.
  • Prior experience working in a medical setting.
  • Experience reviewing medical records/medical terminology.


  • Incumbents in this class may be required to be a Notary Public.
  • Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
  • Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.


In addition to the checking of references and facts stated in the application a thorough background investigation may be made before persons are certified for appointment.


Incumbents in this class may be exposed to disagreeable conditions and occasionally lift bodies.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.


As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes.  As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.