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Medical Exmnr DeathInvstgtr (#MEDEDIGENM) GENM
$17.23-$27.35 Hourly / $2,986.53-$4,740.67 Monthly / $35,838.40-$56,888.00 Yearly


Performs field and administrative duties investigating deaths to assist the medical examiner in establishing the cause and manner of death.


Graduation from high school or possession of a GED Certificate; and
Possession of a valid American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigator Certificate (ABMDI); and
Possession of a valid Driver's License.


  • Customer Commitment - Proactively seeks to understand the needs of our customers and provide the highest standards of service.
  • Dedication to Professionalism and Integrity - Demonstrates and promotes fair, honest, professional and ethical behaviors that establishes trust throughout the organization and with the public we serve.
  • Organizational Excellence - Takes ownership for excellence through one's personal effectiveness and dedication to the continuous improvement of our operations.
  • Success through Teamwork - Collaborates and builds partnerships through trust and the open exchange of diverse ideas and perspectives to achieve organizational goals.


  • Working knowledge of modern principles, practices, instruments and methods used in the collection and preservation of death scene and post-mortem evidence and the establishment of chain of custody.
  • Working knowledge of medical terminology, toxicology, ballistics and the interpretation of medical records related to determining cause of death.
  • Working knowledge of the policies and procedures related to receiving, identifying, storing and releasing bodies.
  • Working knowledge of statutes and departmental guidelines related to jurisdiction of Medical Examiner.
  • Working knowledge of state and federal statutes related to medicolegal death investigations.
  • Working knowledge of statutory requirements for the preparation and issuance of death certificates.
  • Skill in the use of photographic equipment.
  • Ability to respond to and investigate deaths at scenes with challenging accessibility. 
  • Ability to collect, organize and analyze data and make logical conclusions.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing and to use a computer and related software.
  • Ability to deal tactfully with people concerning sensitive information.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.


Note: The following duties are illustrative and not exhaustive. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Depending on assigned area of responsibility, incumbents in the position may perform one or more of the activities described below.

  • Receives and investigates initial reports of death from law enforcement personnel, health care providers, funeral homes and other agencies and determines whether a death falls under the Medical Examiner's statutory jurisdiction.
  • Responds to and investigates deaths at scenes with challenging accessibility. 
  • Reads and extracts information from police reports, paramedic reports, medical records and other related documents to develop a fact-basis upon which Medical Examiners can base opinions concerning cause and manner of death.
  • Explains state statutes requiring involving medical examiner involvement and jurisdiction to next-of-kin.
  • Conducts investigations at the scene of death by collecting trace evidence in cooperation with law enforcement; examining the body for wounds, rigor mortis and lividity; interviewing witnesses and next-of-kin; collecting medications; taking photographs; and providing an organized oral briefing and written summary.
  • Prepares and provides cogent investigative reports summarizing medical and social history, terminal circumstances, next-of-kin  data and results of inquiries to provide a clear and understandable summary of the investigation.
  • Performs field and administrative investigative duties to arrange final disposition of unclaimed bodies as required by statute.
  • Prepares death certificates to comply with statutes requiring medical certifications of cause and manner of death.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

This classification description is not intended to be, nor should it be construed as an all inclusive list of the duties associated with a particular position. Management may require incumbents to perform job duties other than those contained in this document at any time.

CLASS: MEDEDIGENM; EST: 3/12/2015; REV: 3/31/2015;