Employment Opportunity

Deputy Medicolegal Death Investigator

Spokane County Medical Examiner, Spokane, Washington

Salary: $47,567.04 - $64,184.16 Annually

Final Filing Date: Continuous

Responds to and participates in the on-scene investigation of unnatural and/or unattended deaths in a 24 hour operation. Assists with autopsies and is familiar with all autopsy room procedures. Prepares investigative reports as required.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


  • Travels to the scene of homicides, suicides, accidental, questionable and/or unattended deaths as required in accordance with established call schedule.
  • Takes custody of remains in accordance with prescribed protocol and procedure.
  • Performs initial on-scene examination of remains.
  • Conducts joint investigation of cause of death in association with law enforcement officials attending the scene. Collects information relevant to or related to, cause and manner of death.
  • Conducts external examination of bodies as required in individual cases and photographs all pertinent investigative features at the scene.
  • Oversees the removal and/or release of body to appropriate agencies or funeral homes.
  • Collects data and prepares reports on death investigations in accordance with pre-established policy and procedure ensuring accuracy and completeness of information.
  • Conducts follow-up investigations as required.
  • Practices appropriate environmental safety and/or infection control methods.
  • Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
  • With additional training, assists in autopsies including photography, collection of personal effects and/or evidence, direct contact with remains/evisceration, procurement of tissue samples, procurement of toxicology samples and fingerprints, labeling of containers and other forms, transfer of remains to funeral home. Assists in cleaning/decontamination of autopsy suite; ordering, stocking and maintenance of equipment and supplies; and storage and documentation of evidence/tissues.


  • Two years of college level coursework in the field of law enforcement, forensic science, biology, health science or related area and three years experience in related field.
  • Must possess a valid driver's license at time of appointment.
  • Must be certified as a Medicolegal Death Investigator by the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators within two (2) years of date of hire and maintain certification throughout employment.
  • Applicant must be willing to sign confidentiality statement related to information obtained related to personal data of decedents.
  • Must be able to pass a background investigation.

Selection Factors

Knowledge of:
  • anatomy, physiology and/or biology.
  • cameras and photographic procedures.
  • safety and infection control standards.
  • law enforcement procedures in relation to crime scene investigation and evidence identification.
Ability to:
  • operate on a scheduled on-call basis 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, including weekends and holidays.
  • lift and manipulate heavy objects.
  • work with distressing procedures and circumstances and/or unpleasant odors.
  • understand and communicate medical/forensic information and terminology.
  • communicate effectively both verbally and in written reports.
  • respond to scene investigations in a timely fashion.
  • provide legal testimony, if required by law.
  • maintain quality safety and infection control standards.
  • maintain chain-of-custody procedures with respect to evidence collection and personal effects.
  • maintain confidentiality with respect to information gathered during on-scene and autopsy investigations.
  • work effectively with a variety of professionals including law enforcement agencies and funeral home directors.
  • extrapolate pertinent factors related to death investigations from medical records.
Skilled in:
  • the use of personal computers.


The work environment may involve:
  • considerable exposure to unusual elements such as extreme temperatures, dust, fumes, smoke, loud noises, noxious odors and various chemical agents.
  • moderate to heavy physical activity.
  • handling objects weighing up to 300-400 pounds.
  • standing or working for more than four hours per day.
  • exposure to potentially dangerous materials and situations that require extensive safety precautions and may include use of protective equipment.
  • tuberculosis tests and voluntary vaccinations.

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Posted: January 8, 2018

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