Employment Opportunity

Crime Lab Director

Lorain County Crime Laboratory, Elyria, Ohio

Salary: Not stated

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

Under the direction of the County Administrator, supervises the crime lab and clerical personnel; coordinates crime lab activities; has oversight of lab quality assurance programs; performs duties of Analyst, Technician, or Monitor as needed.

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  • Supervision of the crime lab and clerical personnel;
  • Oversees laboratory examinations, assigns work functions, reviews data and analytical reports to ensure lab procedures have been followed, administrative and technical review;
  • Ensures that instrumental and test data is consistent with reported results;
  • Provides training for subordinates; oversees the work assigned regarding controlled substances analysis and toxicology;
  • Reviews laboratory policies and procedures to ensure compliance with federal and state laws, regulations, etc.;
  • Ensures compliance with departmental policies, procedures and directives.
  • Performs duties of the Forensic Analyst, Lab Tech, or Monitor as needed i.e.: performs forensic, chemical, biological analysis or testing on controlled substance and body fluids, ensures preanalytical, analytic, and postanalytical processes are followed to ensure traceability and quality of data; used a variety of forensic techniques; performs separation and extraction procedures and maintains evidence and follows chain of custody; prepares reports related to duties; stores samples.
  • Serves as Lab liaison to law enforcement, federal and state, and court systems; receives and responds to inquiries and attempts to resolve complaints and concerns. Gives presentations and education to the public on important forensic cases and trends.
  • Prepares preliminary budget for the Lab; manages purchases of department equipment and supplies in accordance with policies and department controls; maintains inventory of supplies. Prepares monthly billing statements and reviews invoices for payment.
  • Attends seminars, webinars, conferences and schools to keep apprised of developments in the field; reviews methods and scientific literature, researches analytical methods, implements improvements to testing procedures.
  • Testifies in court regarding criminal cases and testing.
  • Any other duties as assigned by the Administrator or Board of Commissioners.
Knowledge of:
  • Department policies and procedures;
  • Crime Lab practices and procedures;
  • Biology, Chemistry, Forensics;
  • Laboratory safety practices;
  • Management principles.
Skill in:
  • Operation and maintenance of lab equipment;
  • Troubleshooting and critical thinking;
  • Performance of chemistry and scientific processes;
  • Computer software, LIMS, Microsoft Office.
Ability to:
  • Apply management principles to solve agency problems;
  • Define problems, collect and analyze data, establish facts, and draw conclusions;
  • Exercise independent judgement and discretion;
  • Understand, interpret, and apply laws, rules, or regulations to specific situations;
  • Interpret extensive variety of technical and scientific data and test results;
  • Prepare accurate documentation;
  • Compile and prepare reports;
  • Communicate effectively;
  • Handle sensitive inquiries from officials, clients, and the public;
  • Develop and maintain working relationships;
  • Travel is possible with this position


Coursework, training, work experience, or equivalent combination:
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in physical of biological science;
  • 5 years’ experience in analytical testing and evaluation in criminal matters;
  • 3 years of supervisory experience preferred.
License, Certificate, or registration requirements:
  • Must qualify for terminal distributor permit through the Ohio Board of Pharmacy and the Drug Enforcement Agency.

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How to apply:
Submission of the County Employment Application is required. Applications will be accepted electronically by submission to Human Resources, hr@loraincounty.us or by mail or hand delivery to Lorain County Administration Building, 226 Middle Avenue, Elyria, Ohio 44035.

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Posted: September 14, 2021

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