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Medical Exmnr DeathInvstgtr (#MEDEDIGNTK) GNTK
$15.15-$24.06 Hourly / $2,626.00-$4,170.40 Monthly / $31,512.00-$50,044.80 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
Six months experience investigating crimes, accidents, or deaths; and

Possession of a valid Driver's License.

An equivalent combination of education, training and experience that would reasonably be expected to provide the job-specific competencies noted below.


  • 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.


Note:  To be acquired during the training period.

  • 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:  Incumbents  function in a trainee capacity to gain proficiency in the duties listed below and become eligible for promotion  to Medical Examiner Death Investigator  upon successful completion of training.

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.


Employee must obtain American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI) Certificate within 2 years of employment.

Failure to achieve ABMDI certification will result in termination.

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