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Deputy Medical Examiner

Multnomah County Medical Examiner, Clackamas, OR

Salary: $50,195.52 - $61,721.28 Annually

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

The Multnomah County Medical Examiner Program investigates and determines the cause and manner of deaths which occur under specific circumstances in Multnomah County as required under Oregon Law (ORS Chapter 146). Investigation includes evaluation at the site where the death occurred, review of records, and an autopsy by a pathologist if necessary. The medical examiner may also determine who caused the death, and if it resulted from criminal means. ME Office staff are directly involved with the families and loved ones of deceased individuals as well as the responder community (police, fire, mortuary services, accident investigators) on a daily basis. The Multnomah County Medical Examiner Program operates in partnership with the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office. This position will require that the candidate be available for a minimum of three night shifts per month and six day\swing shifts per month, to include weekends.

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  • Investigate deaths as prescribed by Oregon statutes, to include homicides, suicides, accidents, natural deaths and any death in which there are questionable or unexplained circumstances;
  • Conduct investigations to determine the manner and cause of deaths, and whether they resulted from overt or natural causes;
  • Respond to media,
  • Notify next of kin
  • Coordinate with health care professionals, paramedics, fire fighters and law enforcement personnel.


  • Two years of responsible medical or law enforcement investigation experience.
  • Equivalent to an Associate of Arts degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in human anatomy, biology, forensic pathology or a related field demonstrating the capacity for the required knowledge and skills. Paramedic or forensic nursing training highly desirable.
  • Knowledge of state and local laws regarding death investigations and human remains.
  • Knowledge of crime scene investigation, processing, and evidence collection techniques.
  • Thorough knowledge of human anatomy and medical terminology, especially as it pertains to pathology.
  • Knowledge of weapons (and safe unloading), drugs, and legalities of securing possessions.
  • Thorough knowledge of first responder health and safety requirements including basic firearms safety.
  • Ability to secure, control, and account for property taken into custody, including pets.
  • Ability to prepare clear, concise, accurate reports.
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work and a variety of people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to communicate sensitive information effectively, both orally and in writing to diverse audiences including emotional family members.
  • Ability to examine and handle mutilated, decomposed, and partial human remains.
  • Ability to lift and maneuver dead bodies.
  • Ability to obtain biological specimens as required without mutilation of remains and to accurately describe remains.
  • Ability to locate and notify next-of-kin expeditiously and compassionately.
  • Ability to work in unfavorable conditions such as inclement weather and rough environmental terrain. Skilled in problem-solving and conflict resolution.
  • Possession of or ability to possess an appropriate and valid driver's license;
  • Board registration with ABMDI (American Board of Medicolegal Investigators) within the first 18 months;
  • State of Oregon ME training and certification within 12 months;
  • LEDS, DMV, PPDS database authorization within 6 months.
  • Candidates must successfully pass a criminal background investigation and post-offer urine drug screen. During the interview process, you will be asked to sign a disclosure statement about the arrests and convictions of immediate family members and close relations pursuant to our policy of Outside Associations. Immediate Family is defined to include parents, spouse, spouse equivalent, brother, sister, children, grandparents, any individual where the relationship is close or intimate, or a roommate. An answer of "Yes" will not automatically disqualify an applicant.

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Posted: February 19, 2016

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