SHERIFFíS SUPERVISING CORONER INVESTIGATOR
direction, assist the Forensic Pathologist in overseeing the functions of the Coronerís
Division; directs, plans, and supervises the work of the Sheriff-Coroner
Investigators and Administrative staff in the Coronerís Office; directs and/or
conducts the more complex investigations; ensures maintained compliance with
accreditation requirements; and performs other related duties as assigned.
This position is a
officer under Penal Code Section 830.35, Paragraph C,
in the Sheriff-Coronerís Office.† This class is
in that persons in this
class are not sworn and do not carry firearms.
This class is a supervisorial classification, supervising the
investigators and administrative staff in the Coronerís Unit.† Incumbents
function as first line supervisors and are expected to perform the most varied
and complex investigations, which requires significant technical expertise, lead
oversight, technical guidance, and training of coroner staff on a regular and
recurring basis. This position may also handle routine cases as required by
caseload. This position is distinguished from the positions of Sheriff-Coroner
Investigators I and II, which do not have ongoing supervisory or administrative
assigns, trains, directs, and evaluates the work of the investigative staff in
the investigations of deaths to assist in the determination of cause and manner
conducts the more complex field investigations into cause, manner, and
circumstances of death, and works closely with the Forensic Pathologist to make
Coronerís Office in contacting medical professionals, funeral directors,
hospitals, law enforcement agencies, and other related agencies;
investigative reports and records for accuracy, correct medical terminology,
and completeness, and monitors completion of reports in on-going death
assigns, trains, directs, and evaluates the work of the administrative staff in
assisting the investigative staff with answering phone calls, managing case
files, completing electronic death certificates, identifying next of kin,
requesting medical records, maintaining office statistics, releasing property
to next of kin, assisting with body releases to funeral homes, stocking and
ordering supplies, and other related duties as assigned;
assignments and vacation schedules;
preparation of departmental procedures and changes in procedures;
presentations on the function and mission of the Sheriff-Coronerís Office;
correspondence and reports;
May appear and
testify in court;
related tasks, as required.
techniques and practices involving extensive interview, interrogation,
research, and report writing.
Laws, ordinances, and
regulations governing the operation of the Sheriff-Coronerís Office.
Criminal law, rules of
evidence, and court procedures and testimony.
The organization and
function of the Sheriff-Coronerís Office.
Anatomy, physiology, and
methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications,
such as word processing, spreadsheets, power point, and email.
Principles of supervision
Plan, organize, direct,
supervise, train, and evaluate the work of Sheriff-Coroner Investigators and administrative
Maintain cooperative and
effective working relationships in dealing with medical professionals,
hospitals, funeral directors, law enforcement agencies, other County
departments, public and private organizations, and the general public.
Make public presentations to
groups on the functions and mission of the Sheriff-Coronerís Office and
represent the office with a demeanor consistent with the dignity of the office.
both orally and in writing, prepare clear and concise reports and correspondence.
Gather and evaluate
forensic evidence to assist in determining cause and manner of death.
Handle routine skilled
investigative work and perform the more difficult and specialized
Any combination of education and
experience which would provide the required knowledge and abilities is
qualifying, unless otherwise specified. A typical way to obtain the knowledge
and abilities would be:
Graduation from High School or G.E.D certificate and a
minimum of an associate degree in forensic science, criminal justice, nursing,
or other related fields.
Four years of
experience in investigations at a Coronerís or Medical Examinerís Office.
experience in an investigative field is highly desirable.
Successful completion of the Peace
Officer Standards and Training (POST) Coroner's Death Investigation Course and
PC 832 Arrest Course at time of appointment.
Possession of a valid American
Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI) Registration Certificate.
Successful passage of the Board
Certification (Advanced) examination from ABMDI, must be completed within
twelve months of appointment.
Possession of a valid ABMDI Board Certification.
Capable of performing all
of the classificationís essential functions as summarized in the typical tasks
section of this job specification with or without reasonable accommodations.
This class requires the ability to
manipulate/maneuver up to 100 pounds of body weight, often combined with
bending, twisting, or working on irregular surfaces; typically involves
some combination of climbing and balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching
and crawling; occasionally requires hiking in mountainous terrain while
Requires the ability to recognize and
identify similarities and differences between shade, degree or value of
colors, shapes, forms, textures, or physical appearance associated with
job-related objects, materials, tasks, or people; occasionally requires
ability to differentiate sounds and odors.
Exposure to variable temperatures,
confined workspaces, and heights; strong unpleasant odors; infectious
bio-hazardous materials, such as blood, urine and semen, which might cause
chronic disease or death; dust, pollens, chemical irritants; toxic
substances; individuals who may be hostile and abusive; evidence that may
be disturbing, such as homicide evidence.
May be required to work flexible hours, shifts,
weekends, and holidays and be subject to holdover and callback duty; and
to provide a telephone number or means by which employee can be reached.
and maintenance of valid California Driver License, Class C issued by the
California State Department of Motor Vehicles by the time of appointment.
Ability to pass a full background
Bargaining Unit: 41
EEOC Job Category: 03
Occupational Grouping: 62
Worker's Comp Code: 0285