State of Maryland


- Hourly / - BiWeekly /
- Monthly / $91,195.00-$146,573.00 Yearly




The Chief Toxicologist Post Mortem is the supervisory level of work directing the Toxicology Laboratory of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. An employee in this classification supervises all Assistant Toxicologists and Serologists and support staff assigned to the Toxicology Laboratory.

An employee in this class receives managerial supervision from the Chief Medical Examiner. The work is performed in a laboratory setting at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. The employee in this classification is required to observe infection control precautions in order to prevent contamination and the spread of disease.

The Chief Toxicologist is differentiated from the Assistant Toxicologist Post Mortem, Lead in that the Chief Toxicologist performs the full range of supervisory duties in the Toxicology Laboratory while the Assistant Toxicologist, Lead functions as a lead worker over the Assistant Toxicologists and Serologists.


Plans, directs and administers all operations of the Toxicology Laboratory in the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner;

Oversees the State Alcohol Testing Program in accordance with Maryland Vehicle law, Criminal Justice 10-301-309;

Establishes the policies and procedures of the Toxicology Laboratory and ensures that these policies and procedures are correctly followed;

Reviews laboratory data and certifies results;

Oversees and manages the personnel assigned to the Toxicology Laboratory;

Provides expert opinions and issues analytical reports on medical examiner cases to medical examiners and pathologists;

Provides expert testimony in forensic toxicology in court on medical examiner and other State cases;

Performs other related duties.


1. Specific educational and experience requirements are set by the agency based on the essential job functions assigned to the position. Employees in this classification are hired by the State Postmortem Examiners Commission in accordance with Section 5-305 of the Health General Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland.

2. An employee in this classification must be certified American Board of Forensic Toxicology (ABFT) as a fellow of the ABFT in Forensic Toxicology. The board may be contacted at P.O. Box 669, Colorado Springs, CO 80901-0669.


Class descriptions broadly define groups of positions used by various State departments and agencies. Position descriptions maintained by the using department or agency specifically address the essential job functions of each position.

Date Established

Jul 1 2001 12:00AM

Date Revised

December 4, 2014

Approved By

Director, Division of Classification and Salary

CLASS: 007551; EST: 7/1/2001; REV: 12/4/2014;

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