Employment Opportunity

Medicolegal Investigator

Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Westfield, Massachusetts

Salary: $35,247.68 - $96,989.09 Yearly

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner's role is to determine, through comprehensive and objective investigation, the cause and manner of death. The Medico-Legal Investigator assists the Forensic Pathologist in making that determination by investigating the circumstances of the death, the history of the decedent, and gathering of materials and records upon request of the Forensic Pathologist. The Medico-Legal Investigator is also responsible for gathering information necessary to confirm identification of the deceased.

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  • To request and review medical records, related documents and radiographic images.
  • Interview family members of the deceased, members of law enforcement, first responders, and medical professionals
  • Provide written reports directly to Medical Examiners
  • Interact daily with OCME staff and funeral directors.
  • Interact with law enforcement agencies or meet with families of the deceased to confirm visual or forensic identification.
  • Travel to funeral homes and crematories to conduct investigations and examinations in order to authorize cremations

  • All assignments will involve the viewing, photographing, and working near and/or handling human remains on a daily basis.

  • Assignment to cremation services may require driving between 50 and 150 miles per day. This will include review of death documentation and physical exam of human remains. May include photographing remains and interviewing various parties to determine whether cremation approval is appropriate or further investigation and examination by a Forensic Pathologist is required.


Preferred qualifications:
  • Current or previous certification or licensure as an EMT, LPN, RN, or Paramedic.
  • Experience in investigations
  • Knowledge of anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, common medical treatments, therapies and disease processes.
  • Applicants must have at least (A) four (4) years of full-time or, equivalent part-time, professional, professional internship, administrative, supervisory, or managerial experience in business administration, business management, public administration, public management, clinical administration or clinical management or (B) any equivalent combination of the required experience and substitutions below.
  • A certificate in a relevant or related field may be substituted for one (1) year of the required experience.
  • An Associate’s degree in a related field may be substituted for one (1) year of the required experience.
  • A Bachelor’s degree in a related field may be substituted for two (2) years of the required experience.
  • A Graduate degree in a related field may be substituted for three (3) years of the required experience.
  • A Doctorate degree in a related field may be substituted for the required experience.

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Posted: August 25, 2021

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