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Deputy Coroner Manager

Kern County Coroner, Bakersfield, California

Salary: $5,379.38 - $6,567.10 Monthly

Final Filing Date: Continuous

Under direction, directs the operations of the Coroner's Section within the Administrative Services Bureau of the Sheriff's Office.

The Deputy Coroner Manager is a singleton position allocated to the Sheriff's Office. Incumbents report directly to the Coroner Division Chief and makes policy recommendations, assists the Coroner Division Chief in long-range fiscal planning and management strategies for the Coroner's Section. It is distinguished from the Supervising Deputy Coroner by its responsibility to manage the coroner function within the Sheriff's Office.

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  • Direct, plan, organize and supervise the Coroner Investigative unit, inclusive of morgue operations.
  • Assist in the preparation, submission and management of the unit budget and the negotiation and procurement of contracts and memorandums of understanding for services.
  • Supervise investigations of deaths and assign cases to investigators; conduct the more complex coroner investigations; and serve as back up to investigative staff.
  • Determine if the Coroner has jurisdiction in more questionable cases and decide appropriate investigative procedures.
  • Insure the proper notification of next-of-kin; supervise the release of bodies to mortuaries and interface with funeral home personnel.
  • Conduct or cause an inquest to be conducted at the direction of the Coroner; review investigative reports for completeness and accuracy; and testify in court as required.
  • Maintain appropriate records; compile statistical data; provide information to law enforcement and other agencies, news media, and the public.
  • Receive, secure, and dispose of personal property and evidence related to Coroner cases.
  • Act as a liaison to other agencies and the public concerning the Office of the Coroner.
  • Maintain effective work relationship with the contracted forensic pathologists.
  • Participate in emergency response planning specific to mass fatality events.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • A Bachelors degree in administration of justice, public administration, criminalistics, forensic science, biological or physical sciences, Chemistry or a related field and two (2) years supervisory experience in a coroner/public administrator environment or a public agency working with death investigations.
  • OR
  • Any combination of education from an accredited college or university with course work in public administration, administration of justice, or related field and experience in a coroner/public administrator environment or a public agency working with death investigations equivalent to six (6) years, two of which must have been in a supervisory capacity.
  • OR
  • Ten (10) years of experience working in a coroner/public administrator environment or a public agency working with death investigations, three (3) of which must have been in a supervisory capacity AND valid registration as a certified American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigator.

  • A valid California Driver's License is required at the time of employment.
  • Completion of a certified Penal Code 832 course in arrest and firearms is required at the time of employment.
Knowledge of:
  • Organization and management principles; budgeting principles; personnel management; public relations; the operations, methods, techniques, and practices of a Coroner /Medical Examiner Office, including toxicology laboratory, morgue and investigations; the classification of diseases, injuries, causes and manners of death; laws and rules of evidence and regulations governing the responsibilities and functions of the Coroner; office equipment and use of software programs.
Ability to:
  • Direct, plan, and supervise the work of subordinates; develop and manage operational budgets; establish and maintain effective work relationships with officials, relatives of the deceased and the public; manage records and prepare clear, concise, and comprehensive reports; gather and evaluate evidence; retain neutrality in responding to and investigating complaints; facilitate case conferences and mediate disputes, and propose and implement solutions; work independently, use good judgment; maintain strict confidentiality; public speaking, communicate both orally and in writing sufficient to convey information; use office equipment and software programs.

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Posted: December 6, 2018

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