Class Code: PT9
Date Originated: 6/12
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY
Under general direction, to perform autopsies and other professional work in forensic pathology to determine cause and time of death; to act as a professional consultant and provide expert witness services; and to do other work as required.
This is a single-position class in the Sheriff-Coroner’s Office and is responsible for directing and coordinating the forensic pathology activities. This class is distinguished from other Physician classes in that it requires specific training; experience and board certification in the specialty of forensic pathology, as well as the performance of duties associated with the medico-legal investigation of death or injuries.
· Establishes standards for conducting autopsies and maintaining chain of custody;
· Performs forensic autopsies and external examination of bodies; evaluates historical and law-enforcement investigative information in order to establish cause and time of death and whether death was due to natural causes, accident, suicide, homicide, or is undetermined;
· Collects medical evidence such as trace evidence and secretions; performs chemical and/or microscopic examinations of tissues and fluids; and submits samples of body fluids, tissues and other findings to laboratories for toxicology and clinical laboratory examination when analysis may be required;
· Performs forensic scene investigations; directs crime scene investigators for evidence collection; directs and ensures the preservation of legal, physical, and medical evidence, ensuring that the chain of custody is maintained; and performs scene reconstruction;
· Dictates medical findings and prepares case reports on observations and interpretations; confers with judicial, law enforcement and medical personnel and assists in interpreting autopsy findings for the purpose of reconstructing events leading to the determination of causes and manner of death;
· Develops, plans and prepares standardized procedures and protocols;
· Testifies in court and legal proceedings;
· Provides forensic pathology services in emergencies that include natural disasters, major incidents and civil disorder;
· Provides training in forensic evidence collection and death investigation to law enforcement personnel;
· Provides technical direction to the Coroner Forensic Technician;
· Oversees the work of contract forensic pathologists as necessary;
· Provides advisory and consultative services to Sheriff’s Office personnel, law enforcement agencies, District Attorney and various governmental bodies and to Public Health Service professionals.
Thorough knowledge of:
· Work closely in cooperation with crime scene investigators and detectives.
Training and Experience: Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
· Four years of experience working as a licensed physician in the field of Forensic Pathology.
· Possession and maintenance of a valid Physician and Surgeon’s License issued by the State of California.
· Possession and maintenance of a valid certificate in anatomic and forensic pathology issued by the American Board of Pathology.
· Successfully pass a complete background investigation.
Special Working Conditions:
Previous Class Title: None
Bargaining Unit: 08
Occupational Group: 61
Worker’s Compensation Code: 0290