Employment Opportunity

Chief Deputy Coroner

Chester County Coroner's Office, Westtown, Pennsylvania

Salary: $61,314.24 Annually

Final Filing Date: Continuous

The Chief Deputy Coroner oversees the daily activities of administration and operations of the Chester County Coroner’s Office.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


Essential Duties, Tasks and Accountabilities:
  • Act in place of the Coroner as needed and directed and in accordance with state statutes
  • Supervise full-time and part-time Coroner’s Investigators
  • Carry out or supervise all medicolegal death investigations in Chester County
  • Department representative to task forces, councils, and other agencies as deemed necessary by the Coroner
  • Liaison to the Department of Emergency Services (DES), Chester County hospitals, other facilities and funeral homes
  • Coordinate, review and oversee the monthly investigator schedule
  • Assist investigators on investigations, identifications, and follow-ups as necessary or assigned by the Coroner
  • Develop and monitor the Department budget, including oversight/approval of requisitions
  • Review and approve all payroll entries for direct reports
  • Determine training needs and coordinate training with the First Deputy Coroner
  • Develop, implement, and refine guidelines and standard operating procedures of the Coroner’s office
  • Determine hiring needs and fill as necessary
  • Mentor and discipline investigator staff as necessary
  • Testify in criminal and civil proceedings
  • Develop and maintain Mass Fatality plans for the Coroner’s Office
  • Assist in obtaining and maintaining national accreditation of the Coroner’s Office
  • Perform other duties, tasks, and office functions as determined and assigned by the Coroner

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Qualifications / Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s degree in health care, criminal justice, hard science (chemistry, biology, physics), forensic science or other relevant discipline
  • Seven (7) years’ experience in medicolegal death investigations in a coroner or medical examiner office, or seven (7) years of a combination of medicolegal death investigation and medical experience.
  • Minimum 2 years supervisory experience including budgeting and direct staff supervision
  • D-ABMDI-certified or eligible within 18 months
  • Must live in Chester County or be willing to confirm relocation within 90 days of hire
  • Completion of Pennsylvania State Coroners Education Board training within 12 months
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to interface effectively with all levels of county management
Preferred Skills, Knowledge & Experience:
  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in health care, criminal justice, hard science (chemistry, biology, physics), forensic science or other relevant discipline OR MD/DO/CRNP degree
  • Knowledge of forensic techniques
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Grant-writing or financial management experience
  • Experience or training in emergency preparedness/services
  • Strong knowledge of county policies and procedure including budgeting and planning
  • Currently certified and in compliance with PA State Coroners Education Board requirements
  • Current D-ABMDI or F-ABMDI certification
Chester County Resident, or able to move to the County within 3 months.

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Posted: February 1, 2022

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