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Medical Examiner Investigator

Dekalb County Medical Examiner, Decatur, Georgia

Salary: $44,286 - $68,644 per year

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

The purpose of this classification is to perform specialized work in investigating deaths that occur in Dekalb County.

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  • Receives and reviews notification of death from law enforcement agencies, hospitals or other sources; takes information regarding incident location and other details; determines jurisdiction of death; and maintains related documentation.
  • Investigates deaths as assigned; conducts investigations of deaths that result from criminal, suspicious, or undetermined causes; coordinates investigation activities with other law enforcement agencies; and manages assigned caseload of investigations.
  • Secures death scenes; examines body and scene for clues and evidence to determine cause of death; takes photographs; collects, evaluates, and preserves evidence, including biological samples; maintains control and chain-of-custody over physical evidence gathered; ensures proper handling, packing, and transport of evidence; and coordinates transportation of body to morgue or funeral home.
  • Conducts interviews with witnesses, law enforcement, medical personnel, and family members; gathers information regarding personal histories, including medical and social histories; takes statements; and verifies truth/accuracy of statements.
  • Documents all investigative information; prepares detailed case reports and records; generates investigative summaries; and subpoenas police reports and medical records as needed.
  • Locates and notifies next of kin; conducts research utilizing law enforcement records, hospital records, fingerprints, Social Security records, Internet, etc.; advises family of death; and assists with funeral services, County burial, obtaining death certificates, or other details as needed.
  • Performs customer service functions in person and by telephone; provides information or assistance regarding department services, activities, forms, procedures, fees, or other issues; responds to routine questions and complaints; researches problems and initiates problem resolution; and refers complaints/problems to appropriate personnel.


  • High school diploma or GED; two years of law enforcement experience; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.
Specific License or Certification Required:
  • Must possess and maintain a valid Georgia driver’s license; must possess and maintain Basic Law Enforcement certification.

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Posted: January 24, 2020

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