Employment Opportunity

Supervising Medical Examiner Investigator

San Diego County Medical Examiner, San Diego, California

Salary: $72,654.40 - $88,316.80 Annually

Final Filing Date: February 28, 2019

Supervising Medical Examiner Investigators supervise the activities of the Investigation Division of the Medical Examiner's Department and provide direction and oversight to the most complex cases. Incumbents supervise, plan, and direct the activities of medical examiner investigators. This position will provide daily supervision to 20 investigators and their administrative support staff. Positions in this class are not sworn peace officers. This is the first line supervisory level of the series and positions are only allocated to the Medical Examiner's Department.

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  • Supervises, plans, and directs the activities of medical examiner investigators.
  • Oversees and may conduct the most complex investigations.
  • Determines if the Medical Examiner's office has jurisdiction in questionable cases and determines appropriate investigative procedures.
  • Provides information to law enforcement agencies, news media, and the public.
  • Acts as the contact person for the department, for other agencies, and the public concerning investigations.
  • Provides coroner services in the absence of the Chief Medical Examiner.
  • Plans and conducts educational and public information programs.
  • Supervises the training of medical examiner investigators in investigative techniques, rules of evidence, and legal developments affecting their investigative work.
  • Acts as an expert witness on cause of death investigative techniques or for cases that are at the judicial level.
  • Trains Medical Examiner Investigator IIIs on how to conduct complex investigations, and how to supervise and train the medical examiner investigators in their charge.
  • Provides courteous, high quality service to members of the public by personally responding to requests for service or making appropriate referral.
  • May be required to perform the functions of the lower level classes in this series.


Knowledge of:
  • Investigative techniques, interviewing, and interrogation
  • Methods of collecting and preserving evidence
  • Medical and legal terminology and their standard abbreviations
  • Anatomy, Physiology, and Toxicology
  • Postmortem changes
  • Theory and principles of sanitation and hygiene
  • Basic pharmacology regarding therapeutic dosages, length of drug action, and contraindication
  • California Government Code
  • California Code of Civil Procedure
  • California Penal Code
  • California Health and Safety Code
  • California Labor Code
  • California Business and Professions Code
  • California Probate
  • Military and Veterans Code
  • Basics of toxicology and bacteriology
  • General Management System (GMS) in principle and in practice
  • Telephone, office, and online etiquette
  • Current technology and trends in the profession
  • County customer service objectives and strategies
Skills and Abilities to:
  • Plan, organize, and direct investigations into the cause of death
  • Write detailed reports and make oral presentations of investigative findings to law enforcement personnel, attorneys, and the court
  • Act as an expert witness in court or other legal proceedings
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, medical staff, law enforcement agency personnel, officials and the public
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • Communicate effectively with a variety of individuals representing diverse cultures and backgrounds and function calmly in situations, which require a high degree of sensitivity, tact and diplomacy
  • Treat County employees, representatives of outside agencies and members of the public with courtesy and respect
  • Assess the customer’s immediate needs and ensure customer’s receipt of needed services through personal service or making appropriate referral
  • Provide prompt, efficient and responsive service
  • Exercise appropriate judgment in answering questions and releasing information; analyze and project consequences of decisions and/or recommendations
Desirable Traits:
  • Leadership, Communicates Effectively, Knowledge Worker, Holds Self and Others Accountable, Problem Solving and Innovation, Demonstrates Ethical Behavior, Leverages Resources (Coaches and Develops), Drives to Excel, Maximizes Team Effectiveness, Supportive of Change


Ideal Candidate:
  • The ideal candidate will be a knowledgeable investigator with experience that includes leadership, the ability to communicate effectively with executive management team, as well as the ability to solve problems and interact with the media.
Education and/or Experience: Education, training, and/or experience that demonstrate possession of the knowledge, skills and abilities listed above. Required education and experience:
  • Four (4) years of experience conducting medico-legal investigations, three (3) years of which must be equivalent to the Medical Examiner Investigator III with the County of San Diego,
  • OR
  • Five (5) years of experience conducting medico-legal investigations, four (4) years of which must be equivalent to the Medical Examiner Investigator II or higher with the County of San Diego,
  • OR
  • Five (5) years of experience in a Coroner's or Medical Examiner's office performing progressively responsible death investigations, one (1) year of which included team leadership/supervisory responsibilities.
  • A valid California Class C driver's license, which must be maintained throughout employment in this class, is required at time of appointment, or the ability to arrange necessary and timely transportation for field travel. Employees in this class may be required to use their own vehicle.

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Posted: February 8, 2019

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