Employment Opportunity

Forensic Unit Supervisor

Spokane County Sheriff, Spokane, Washington

Salary: $65,218.32 - $88,002.96 Annually

Final Filing Date: Continuous

Supervise employees and interns in the day-to-day operations of the Forensic Unit. This includes the oversight of the Public Fingerprint Counter, the digital lab, latent processing labs, crime scene response teams, fingerprint examinations, and automated identification system. The supervisor will stay current with developments in the Forensic Science field.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


  • Perform various supervisory duties within the department.
  • Required to be available to assign personnel and/or respond for call outs to crime scenes.
  • Able to perform friction ridge examinations.
  • Review and approve Forensic Unit records and reports for accuracy and completeness.
  • Document performance issues and work with Forensic Unit Lieutenant to develop and evaluate Corrective Action Reviews.
  • Proctoring and overseeing proficiency testing for the Forensic Unit.
  • Keep current on developments within forensic science.
  • Research new developments in the forensic field and facilitate training on these developments.
  • Develop policies and procedures as needed,
  • Perform related duties as required.


  • Must be a citizen of the United States of America or a lawful permanent resident who can read and write the English language; Minimum age 21.
  • Vision correctable to 20/20 with normal color vision and hearing correctable to normal ranges.
  • Must possess and retain a valid motor vehicle operator's license at hire and throughout employment.
  • Combined five (5) years' experience in friction ridge examinations and/or crime scenes investigation.
  • Successful completion of Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major studies in forensic science, criminal justice or other areas having close bearing on management or supervision. This degree requirement is not intended to disqualify friction ridge examiners and crime scene investigators who are already trained to competency.
  • Must be an International Association for Identification (IAI) Certified Latent Print Examiner OR an International Association for Identification (IAI) Certified Crime Scene Investigator.
  • Must have expert witness testimony experience in a court of law.

Selection Factors

Knowledge of:
  • Current industry guidelines and standards as they pertain to forensic applications
Skilled in:
  • Communicating effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Coaching, guiding and directing personnel
  • Efficiently organizing work and projects
Ability to:
  • Plan, supervise, schedule, train and evaluate work of subordinates
  • Perform with initiative and independence
  • Process crime scenes
  • Perform friction ridge examinations

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How to apply: Apply online

Posted: March 4, 2019

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