Employment Opportunity

Forensic Investigator I or II

Cobb County Medical Examiner, Marietta, Georgia

Salary: $41,614.02 - $66,583.24 Annually

Final Filing Date: April 20, 2021

The position is located in the Cobb County Medical Examiner’s Office. It may be filled as a Forensic Investigator I ($41,614.02 - $66,583.24 per year) or Forensic Investigator II ($44,813.10 - $71,702.93 per year), dependent upon qualifications. The schedule during training will be day shift and will require being on-call nights, weekends and holidays as needed. Once training is completed, the schedule will transition to night shift and may also require being on-call as needed.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


Essential Functions
  • 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. Capable of assisting with training and support to other Forensic Investigators.
  • 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.
  • Requires shift and on-call week nights, weekends, and holidays.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


Forensic Investigator I
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Forensic Science, Law Enforcement, Biological Sciences, Health Care, or related field required; previous experience in forensic science, crime scene processing, medical and biological lab work, death investigations, law enforcement or related field preferred; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.
Forensic Investigator II
  • Bachelor's Degree in Forensic Science, Law Enforcement, Biological Sciences, Health Care or related field required; supplemented by one year of experience as a forensic investigator I or as a death investigator working in a substantially similar jurisdiction; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.

Licenses and Certifications

Forensic Investigator I
  • Must possess and maintain a valid Driver’s License; must obtain and maintain American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators Basic Certification within 12 months of employment.
Forensic Investigator II
  • Must possess and maintain a valid Driver's License; must possess and maintain American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators ABMDI-D (Diplomate) Certification.
Physical Abilities
  • Tasks require the ability to exert very moderate physical effort in light work, typically involving some combination of stooping, kneeling, crouching and crawling, and which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of significant weight (up to 250 pounds).
Sensory Requirements
  • Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate colors or shades of colors, sounds, odor, depth, texture, and visual cues or signals. Some tasks require the ability to communicate orally.
Environmental Factors
  • Performance of essential functions may require exposure to adverse environmental conditions, such as dirt, dust, pollen, odors, wetness, humidity, rain, fumes, smoke, hazardous materials, toxic agents, water hazards, disease, pathogenic substances, or rude/irate customers.

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Posted: April 7, 2021

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