Special Investigator

This position is Exempt from the State of Delaware Merit System

Recruitment #051320-MUBA06-350900

Summary Statement

The Exempt Special Investigator has primary responsibility for investigating complaints of abuse, neglect, mistreatment, and financial exploitation involving residents of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, neighborhood and group homes, and other residential settings.  Special Investigators interview victims, witnesses, suspects, and family members; review financial, medical and other records; record and/or recover evidence; and prepare for and testify at civil and criminal hearings.

Essential Functions

These are fundamental, core functions for this position and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for incumbents.  As these functions are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents may complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.

  • Conducts investigations, which includes conducting interviews to obtain confidential information, gathering evidence and documenting findings.
  • Interviews or interrogates witnesses, complainants and others. 
  • Verifies claims of alleged or probable violations. 
  • Examines various records and documents in order to ascertain relevant information. 
  • Gathers, controls and evaluates evidence. 
  • Makes judgments after evaluating all available facts and recommends appropriate action. 
  • Interprets and applies applicable laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies and procedures. 
  • Prepares various investigative reports.
  • Testifies before boards, commissions, administrative bodies or courts. 
  • May conduct surveillance and undercover investigations.  
  • Maintains liaisons with law enforcement and rights protections agencies, including but not limited to: the police, the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Delaware Attorney General’s Office, the Division of Professional Regulation, Adult Protective Services, and the Community Legal Aid Society; and coordinates investigations with such agencies as appropriate.

Job Requirements

Please attach a resume with your online application or use the resume tab in DEL to provide a detailed description of how your education, training and/or experience meets each job requirement including employer, experience/responsibilities and dates (month/year) of employment/training.

Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:

  1. Ten years experience in conducting investigations as a certified police officer.
  2. Two years experience in planning, developing, coordinating and implementing investigations.
  3. Two years experience in determining compliance with laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies and procedures.
  4. Two years experience in narrative report writing.
  5. Two years experience in civil, criminal or administrative proceedings.
  6. Two years experience in providing testimony before boards, commissions, administrative bodies, or court officials.

Conditions of Hire

Criminal background check:  A satisfactory criminal background check is required as a condition of hire.  The recruiting agency may require the applicant to pay for the criminal background check as part of the conditional offer of hire.    

As a condition of hire you must possess a valid driver's license (not suspended, revoked or cancelled, or disqualified from driving).


To learn more about the comprehensive benefit package please visit our website at https://dhr.delaware.gov/benefits/

Selection Process

The application and resume are evaluated based upon a rating of your education, training and experience as they relate to the job requirements of the position.  It is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application and resume to include dates of employment, job title and job duties.  For education and training, list name of educational provider, training course titles and summary of course content.   Narrative information supplied in response to the questions must be supported by the information supplied on the application including your employment, education and training history as it relates to the job requirements.

Once you have submitted your application on-line, all future correspondence related to your application will be sent via email.  Please keep your contact information current.  You may also view all correspondence sent to you by the State of Delaware in the “My Applications” tab at statejobs.delaware.gov.


Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process.  To request an auxiliary aid or service please call (302) 739-5458. TDD users should call the Delaware Relay Service Number 1-800-232-5460 for assistance.  The State of Delaware – An Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.