Employment Opportunity

Medicolegal Death Investigator

Arapahoe County Coroner's Office, Littleton, Colorado

Salary: $50,570.00 - $77,116.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: Continuous

The Coroner's office at Arapahoe County Government has a vacancy for a Medicolegal Death Investigator. This critical position on performs a variety of forensic analytical duties in the investigation of deaths in order to determine the cause and manner of death.

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  • Officially pronounces death and coordinates with local police jurisdictions in the matters of evidence and death scene documentation.
  • Receives initial notifications of death and responds to scenes of death to perform death investigation and take custody of body.
  • Oversees and participates in the collection and transportation of evidence.
  • Obtains custody of, removes and/or transports body and all pertinent evidence to ensure chain of custody.
  • Locates next of kin and makes death notification. Interviews family regarding deceased and obtains past medical history, funeral home selection, and disposition of remains and personal effects.
  • Conducts interviews of witnesses and other pertinent persons relating to the death of the deceased.
  • Communicates and sees to the needs of distraught families. Makes referrals when necessary.
  • Prepares oral and written comprehensive reports relating to each investigation, maintains records of each investigation and provides reports to official agencies when requested.
  • Coordinates the efforts of multiple experts and databases of outside agencies in order to properly collect and preserve necessary items to determine identification of deceased.
  • Reviews requests for release of information and records to ensure that requests fall within guidelines of applicable laws.
  • Maintains a basic knowledge of autopsy procedures.
  • Testifies in regard to death case in a court of law.
  • Disseminates information to appropriate community partners in a responsible and accurate manner.
  • Collects blood, urine and other vitreous fluids, labels materials, completes necessary forms, refrigerates samples, and notifies labs to testing pick-up.
  • Assists outside agencies in obtaining statistical samples/data for research projects.
  • Maintains electronic case record system and log and records daily cases not requiring coroner response.
  • Assists in the storage and release of bodies, personal belongings, evidence and medications.
  • Maintains inventory of investigative equipment and supplies.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Ability to use and exercise sound judgment and react effectively in an emergency and stressful situation.
  • Ability to prepare accurate and comprehensive reports; ability to report the results of laboratory tests clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Considerable knowledge and demonstrated skill of the principles, practices, procedures, methods, equipment, and techniques used in law enforcement and death investigations.
  • Knowledge of medical technology, physiology, and anatomy.
  • Knowledge of and demonstrated skill in the use of forensic practices and procedures.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and communicate with superiors, fellow workers, other police and legal agency officials, hospital staff and the general public.
  • Ability to safely operate a County vehicle in normal and adverse conditions.
  • Associate's Degree in Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice, Forensic Science, Biology or medically related field.
  • A Bachelor's Degree is desirable.
  • Three to five years death investigation or related experience in medical/legal investigation background is desired.
  • A minimum of one year of field experience is required.
  • (An equivalent combination of education and work experience that satisfy the requirements of the job may be sufficient).
Supplemental Information
  • This position requires acceptable background and motor vehicle checks.
  • Also requires successful and acceptable completion of pre-employment physical, drug screen and strength tests.
  • Possession of a valid Colorado Class "C" Driver's License or ability to obtain within two weeks of appointment.
  • May be required to work 24 hour on-call shifts and to work a schedule with occasions arising that requires beyond the normal schedule. Must be available to be call to work at anytime. Requires the use of a pager.
  • Colorado Coroner's Association Certified Death Investigator, desirable.
  • Work is generally confined to a standard office or laboratory environment with occasional exposure to weather conditions and road hazards during scene work, retrieval of a body, and during gathering of information and evidence.
  • Incumbent is exposed to communicable diseases, obnoxious odors and chemicals. Environment is one that is sometimes deemed extremely unpleasant to the average individual.
  • OSHA WARNING: This position has been determined to be a HIGH exposure risk to "biohazards" associated with blood-borne pathogens HIV (AIDS), HBV (hepatitis B) Virus, and air-borne transmissions of TB (tuberculosis). Members are advised that exposure to a "biohazard" may result in severe illness or death. Members are required by agency policy to use protective equipment and clothing. Inoculation may be required to prevent or treat exposures to "biohazards".
  • Works under the general supervision of the Arapahoe County Coroner.
  • None.
  • May be required to act in the capacity of Coroner in his/her absence.
  • Contacts are with superiors, peers, subordinates, elected officials, users, and/or vendors. Contacts require the ability to exercise a high degree of interpersonal skills to influence persons at all levels. Incumbent is accountable for the results of the contact.
  • Represents the County on matters of importance with the authority to make commitments; such contact requires the exercising of a high degree of interpersonal skills related to tact, sound judgment, and the ability to influence people in many areas. Contacts are with elected officials, supervisors, other law enforcement and legal agency officials, family members of deceased individuals, medical personnel, news media representatives, assigned personnel, other employees, and the general public.
  • The following are some of the physical demands commonly associated with this position.
  • Frequently climbs, balances, stoops, crouches and reaches while in the field or in the office.
  • Constantly utilizes full scope of visual capacity in order to perform physical tasks on bodies and in order to operate automated office and lab equipment.
  • Frequently uses eye, hand, and finger coordination to manipulate and handle office, surgical and laboratory equipment.
  • Physical ability to safely operate a County vehicle.
  • Spends 60% of the time sitting and 40% of the time either standing or walking.
  • Occasionally lifts, carries, pulls or pushes up to 100+ lbs.
  • Frequently lifts and transports the weight of a human body.
  • Frequently stoops, kneels, balances, reaches, crawls and crouches while performing office or work duties.
  • Verbal and auditory capacity enabling interpersonal communication through automated devices, such as telephones, radios, etc.
  • Constant use of eye, hand and finger coordination enabling the use of automated office machinery or equipment.
  • Visual capacity enabling constant use of computer or other work related equipment.

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Posted: December 19, 2017

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