Employment Opportunity

Supervising Coroner's Investigator I

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

Salary: $74,750.16 - $98,034.72 Annually

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

Supervise investigative and support staff engaged in conducting medicolegal death investigations including identification of the deceased and notification of the next of kin, conduct complex death investigations, coordinate investigative activities and approve reports.

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  • Plans, assigns, directs, and evaluates the work performed by investigative, decedent services, and support personnel, implements and maintains the department's personnel performance standards.
  • Trains subordinates in department's operational policies, procedures, and investigative techniques, provides technical direction to investigators for unusual and complex cases.
  • Reviews investigations in progress, redirects efforts of investigators, as necessary, and reviews and approves investigative reports to ensure they are complete, concise, and factual.
  • Conducts difficult, sensitive, and complex investigations, such as multiple deaths due to homicide, accident, or disaster, when only basic investigative techniques exist or a broad scope of investigative technique is required.
  • Determines and controls the processes used in the recognition, collection, and preservation of physical evidence in investigations.
  • Coordinates subordinates case investigation activities with those of other criminal justice agencies.
  • Testifies in court as an expert witness regarding investigation findings.
  • Participates in selection of subordinates.
  • Acts for a Supervising Coroner's Investigator II in his/her absence.
  • Fly in aircraft, use boats, operate vehicles, or travel in heavy equipment to conduct investigations and remove decedents and to perform duties in areas of difficult accessibility, as needed.
  • Drive personal vehicle when performing County business; County may provide vehicles if travel is needed.
  • Conduct activity using specialized, technical safety gear under physically challenging and demanding circumstances? bends, stoops, and lifts decedents as part of investigative duties, as needed.
  • Drive a County vehicle to locations throughout the County to conduct investigation activities and transport bodies from death scenes to the Coroner's facility, as needed.
  • Oversees specialized investigative units such as the Special Operations Response Team (SORT), Training Unit, Identifications Unit and Notifications Unit.
  • Serves as Emergency Disaster Coordinator.
  • Ensures compliance with Peace Officers Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) requirements.


  • Option I: Two years of experience as a Coroner Investigator for Los Angeles County.
  • OR
  • Option II: Four years of active field investigative experience in a police or criminal investigation agency, one year of which must have included a fulltime assignment as an investigator or detective. (Field investigative experience must have included duties such as interviewing suspects, informants, and witnesses; following leads; searching for physical and documentary evidence, using evidence to substantiate findings or conclusions; examining records to detect links in a chain of evidence or information reconstructing events; and preparing reports of investigative findings.)
  • A valid California Class "C" Driver License is required to perform job related essential functions. Successful applicants for this position will be required to obtain a copy of his/her driving record from the California State Department of Motor Vehicles before being appointed. License must not be suspended, restricted, or revoked. ANY APPLICANT WHOSE DRIVING RECORD SHOWS FOUR OR MORE MOVING VIOLATIONS WITHIN THE LAST TWO YEARS WILL NOT BE APPOINTED.
  • Out of state applicants must have a valid license from the state in which they reside at the time of filing and will be required to obtain a California Class "C" or above driver license by the time of hire.
  • Position is a Peace Officer Pursuant to Penal Code 830.35(c). Must meet the Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) required minimum standards for Peace Officer at time of appointment, including citizenship, age, character, and education.
  • Successful completion of the Arrest and Firearms Courses as mandated in Section 832 of the California Penal Code within the first twelve (12) months of appointment. Failure to satisfy this requirement will result in termination of employment.
  • Successful completion of an approved Coroner's Death Investigator course within the first twelve (12) months of appointment. Failure to satisfy this requirement will result in termination of employment.
Physical Expectations:
  • This job requires frequent and heavy lifting over 25 pounds, often combined with bending, twisting, or working on irregular surfaces and occasionally requires extraordinary physical activity.
  • Certification from the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI).
  • A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college with specialization in Administration of Justice, Health/Physical Sciences or Nursing.

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Posted: November 8, 2019

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