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Coroner Investigator

Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner, Los Angeles, California

Salary: $64,628.88 - $84,757.20 Annually

Final Filing Date: Continuous

Plans and conducts investigations for the Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner to determine the jurisdiction, circumstances, manner, and cause of death.

Positions allocable to this class work under the administrative and technical supervision of a Supervising Coroner's Investigator I and provide technical direction to the Coroner Investigator Trainee. Incumbents must independently exercise judgment in interpreting and applying departmentally approved procedures for conducting investigations at the scene of a wide variety of deaths to determine the jurisdiction, circumstances, manner, and cause of death. Incumbents must have a working knowledge of anatomy, legal terminology, departmental operational policies and procedures, and investigative techniques, including the collection of gunshot residue and other evidence and the recognition and differentiation of various modes of death and the ability to impart this knowledge to others in providing guidance to persons in the classification of Coroner Investigator Trainee. Positions in this class require the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, and with sensitivity to obtain information concerning the circumstances of a death from the decedent's family and friends, witnesses, and informants. Incumbents must write comprehensive reports of investigation findings for use by autopsy physicians and in court/deposition proceedings, and enter those findings into computerized data banks. This class requires frequent lifting and moving of heavy equipment and decedents and occasionally demands extraordinary physical activity while working.

The Filing Period May Be Suspended At Any Time Without Prior Notice. The Examination May Reopen As The Needs Of The Service Require.

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  • Plans and conducts the investigation of the circumstances of death at the scene to determine the jurisdiction of the Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner. Conducts investigations into deaths which occur at hospitals and also deaths where the decedent has been released to a private mortuary. Examines the body of the decedent and the surroundings at the death scene and performs the required tests for air and body temperature, livor mortis, and degree of rigor mortis. In the presence of witnesses, takes custody of any money, valuables or miscellaneous documents or papers; lists and records personal property on appropriate receipts; describes and documents clothing of decedents. Recognizes, collects and preserves physical evidence, including gunshot residue, sexual assault evidence, appliances, ligatures, garrotes, drugs, narcotics and paraphernalia, and trace evidence. Coordinates evidence collection and handling with Departmental criminalist and criminalist from other agencies. Uses field photographic equipment as necessary. Interviews witnesses, friends, and relatives to obtain information about the decedent and circumstances of death. Conducts follow-up investigations as required. Certifies deaths at mortuaries and field locations. Receives initial notification of deaths. Notifies and coordinates with officers of other criminal justice agencies when necessary. Prepares and serves Subpoena Duces Tecum, coordinates private pay autopsies and prepares documents and coordinates exhumations as assigned. Obtains medical/dental records and specimens. May write and process search warrants for the purpose of evidence collection. Writes reports of investigations which includes all pertinent data and exhibits illustrative of the circumstances of death. May be required to work as acting Supervising Coroner's Investigator I to a group or shift of investigators during the temporary or prolonged absence of a Supervising Coroner's Investigator I. May be required to act as Training Officer in providing guidance and direction to new investigative personnel or investigator trainees. Testifies in court or under deposition regarding the findings of an investigation of the circumstances of death. May be required to drive personal vehicle when performing County business.
  • May be required to drive a County vehicle to locations throughout the County to transport bodies from death scenes to the Coroner's facility.
  • May be required to travel by aircraft, boat, or other vehicles, or travel in heavy equipment to conduct investigations and remove decedents and to perform duties in areas of difficult accessibility, under limited visibility and mobility, during adverse weather conditions or disaster conditions. The incumbent may be required to conduct activity using specialized, technical safety gear under physically challenging and demanding circumstances.


  • Successfully completed the one year Coroner Investigator Trainee program at the Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner, Los Angeles County as evidenced by a completed signed Probationary Report.
  • AND
  • Successfully completed the required California Commission Peace Officers Standards and Training (P.O.S.T) Training including P.C. 832 and Coroner's Death Investigation.
  • A valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related functions.
  • 4 - Arduous. Involves frequent heavy lifting over 25 pounds, often combined with bending, twisting, or working on irregular surfaces; and occasionally requires extraordinary physical activity.

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Posted: January 17, 2018

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