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Coroner Division Chief

Kern County Sheriff, Bakersfield, California

Salary: $9,593.89 - $11,465.59 Monthly

Final Filing Date: This is a continuous recruitment and may close at any time without notice.

Under direction of the Kern County Sheriff, directs the operations of the Coroner Division which consists of the Public Administrator and Coroner Investigator Units.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


  • Directs, plans, organizes and supervises the Public Administrator and Coroner Investigator Units; inclusive of morgue operations.
  • Assists in the preparation, submission and management of divisional budget and the negotiations and procurement of contracts and memorandums of understanding for services.
  • Supervises investigations of deaths and assigns cases to investigators; occasionally conducts more complex investigations; serves as back-up to investigators.
  • Determines if the Coroner has jurisdiction in questionable cases and decides appropriate investigative procedures.
  • Insures proper notification of next-of-kin; supervises the release of bodies to mortuaries and interfaces with funeral home personnel.
  • Conducts or causes inquest to be conducted; reviews investigator reports for completeness and accuracy; testifies in court as required.
  • Maintains appropriate records; compiles statistical data; provides information to law enforcement and other agencies, news media and the public;
  • Receives, secures and disposes of personal property and evidence related to Public Administrator cases.
  • Conducts Coroner Division staff meetings.
  • Acts as liaison to other agencies and the public concerning the Coroner Division.
  • Performs other work related functions as assigned.

 Earn a Degree in Crime Scene Investigation, Forensic Science, Computer Forensics or Forensic Psychology


Employment Standards
  • A Bachelor's Degree in administration of justice, public administration, criminalistics, forensic science, biological or physical science, chemistry or in a related field and two (2) years supervisory experience in a coroner/public administrator environment or a public agency working with death investigations.
  • OR
  • Any combination of education from an accredited college or university with course work in public administration, administration of justice or related field and experience in a coroner/public administrator environment or a public agency working with death investigations equivalent to six (6) years which must include (2) years supervisory experience.
  • Completion of a certified Penal Code 832 course in arrest and firearms and a valid California Driver's License are required at the time of employment.
  • Knowledge of: organization and management principles; personnel management; public relations; the operations, methods, techniques and practices of the Coroner Division, including the toxicology laboratory, morgue and investigations; Public Administrator duties and practices including probate code practices and methods used in estate and financial investigations and real property management; the Classification of Disease, Injuries, Causes and Manner of Death; laws, rules of evidence and regulations governing responsibilities and functions of the Coroner and Public Administrator; and, budgeting principles.
  • Skill in: directing, planning and supervising the work of subordinates; developing and managing divisional budget; establishing and maintaining effective relationships with officials, relatives of the deceased and the public; managing records and preparing clear, concise and comprehensive reports; gathering and evaluating evidence; public speaking defining problem areas, proposing and implementing solutions; and, communicating both orally and in writing sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.

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Posted: April 16, 2024

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