Employment Opportunity

Deputy Coroner Investigator

San Bernardino County Sheriff/Coroner, San Bernardino, California

Salary: $66,352.00 - $93,516.80 Annually

Final Filing Date: Continuous

The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, Coroner Division is recruiting for Deputy Coroner Investigators who assume authority at the scene of a death and are responsible for investigations concerning deceased persons whose deaths fall under the jurisdiction of the Sheriff-Coroner.

Positions in this class are characterized by the responsibility to assume complete authority at the scene of death to determine whether criminal, civil and other legal considerations enter into the case and to determine whether further investigation is required. This class is distinguished from Supervising Deputy Coroner-Investigator by the latter's full supervisory responsibility for a technical staff.

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Duties may include but are not limited to, the following:
  • Assume authority at scene of death and primary responsibility for determining identity of decedent and cause of death; photographs, examines, and fingerprints decedent; lifts, removes and transports decedents.
  • Initiates investigation to determine cause of death and establishes preliminary classification, such as: non-traumatic, homicide and suicide.
  • Determines whether autopsies should be ordered and performed; requests identification specialists such as anthropologists and odontologists; and requests specialists such as toxicologists and bacteriologists for assistance in arriving at cause of death.
  • Protects property of decedent; collects personal effects; notifies relatives of death; seals place of residence when solitary death occurred in said residence, pending arrival of legally authorized representative of decedent.
  • Prepares investigation reports; reviews autopsy reports; signs certificates of death.
  • Maintains necessary correspondence and reports.
  • Provides vacation and temporary relief as required.

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Must meet one of the following options - Qualifying experience must have been obtained within the last five (5) years:
  • Option A: One (1) year of full-time experience as an investigator at a Medical Examiner/Coroner or other law enforcement agency in any of the following capacities: Deputy Coroner Investigator, Medical Examiner Investigator, Deputy Sheriff, Police Officer, Deputy Marshal, or District Attorney Investigator.
  • Option B: Two (2) years of full-time experience as an Autopsy Assistant assisting with autopsies in a forensic pathology setting.
  • Option C: Two (2) years of embalming experience as a Licensed Embalmer with a current California Embalmer License.
  • Option D: Two (2) years of full-time experience with primary responsibility for processing crime scenes in the field or investigating in-patient deaths/delayed reportable deaths or unidentified persons investigations for a law enforcement agency, including the identification and collection of all pertinent physical evidence.
  • Option E: Two (2) years as a member of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, Coroner Division autopsy assistant internship/volunteer program which includes a minimum of 120 morgue hours. Letter indicating volunteer membership and completion of morgue hours must be submitted with the application.
Desired Qualifications
  • An excellent candidate understands this position deals with highly sensitive issues, requiring empathy and organizational skills. This ideal candidate will successfully pass an in-depth background investigation and is aware that this position requires working various shifts, weekends, holidays, and overtime.
  • Experience in a California Coroner's or Medial Examiner's Office is highly desirable.
At the time of appointment, applicants must:
  • Be fingerprinted and pass an intensive background investigation, which will include a drug test, polygraph and psychological evaluation; must not have been convicted of a felony.
  • Meet California P.O.S.T. Commission approved peace officer standards, requiring above average strength, endurance, and agility.
  • Be available to work anywhere in the County and to work various shifts, weekends and holidays, as well as on-call/standby as needed.
  • Possess a valid California Class C driver license and show proof of automobile liability insurance.
Incumbents must:
  • Possess and maintain a certificate or successfully complete a California P.O.S.T. basic Coroner's Academy/Death Investigation Course within one (1) year of hire.
  • Possess a P.C. 832 certificate (Laws of arrest, search and seizure) or successfully complete by the end of the probationary period.

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Posted: January 28, 2023

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