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Forensic Services Director

Anne Arundel County Police Department, Annapolis, Maryland

Salary: $68,856.00 - $116,027.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

This is professional level management, supervisory and technical work in the field of forensic science focusing on the operation and management of the police department's forensic services, including a forensic laboratory conducting qualitative and quantitative chemical, microscopic and instrument analyses of samples for the presence of controlled and non-controlled dangerous substances and screening of evidence for biological fluids including DNA profiling; latent fingerprint identification; crime scene processing & evidence collection; and other forensic services.

Employee manages the daily operations and staff of the Police Department's Crime Laboratory and Evidence Collection & Identification functions; recommends the hiring, disciplining or termination of subordinates; approves leave; and, resolves procedural problems within the police department's forensic services components and externally with law enforcement officers.

Work involves responsibility for the quality-oriented and efficient operation of the Crime Laboratory and Evidence Collection & Identification components of the Police Department, and the development, implementation review, administration and oversight of the Quality Assurance Program for the Crime Lab and Evidence Collection & Identification functions. Work is performed with independence, but within the established policies and procedures set forth by the American Society of Crime Lab Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB) and the Maryland State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

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  • Oversees the planning, organization, direction, and review of all forensic services and laboratory operations; ensures compliance with all applicable accreditation standards and state licensing regulations; and ensures that delegated duties and responsibilities are properly performed.
  • Develops, implements and oversees the Crime Laboratory and Evidence Collection & Identification function's Quality Assurance/Quality Control Programs, including drafting, reviewing and approving Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), addressing training issues and overseeing proficiency testing.
  • Manages and supervises the activities of a staff of technical, professional, and administrative personnel.
  • Prepares annual budget request, including annual workload analysis and development of goals and objectives for the Crime Lab.
  • Prepares grant requests to supplement appropriation and monitor grants secured.
  • Maintains updated policies and enforces policies defined by the Chemical Hygiene Plan and safety programs in the police department's forensic laboratories.
  • Develops, reviews and maintains security protocols for the police department's forensic services facilities, including alarm functioning, management of key distribution and limited access areas.
  • Serves as liaison between the Police Department's Forensic Services components and the States Attorney's office and other forensic laboratory directors as needed.
  • May perform the technical and forensic duties of subordinates, if qualified to do so for the specific forensic discipline.
  • Maintains organizational files, records and case files of analysis and findings and provides statistical reports of operations as needed.


  • Extensive knowledge of ASCLD/LAB-International (American Society of Crime Lab Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board-International) standards; ISO (International Organization for Standardization) standards; and Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene Regulations pertaining to the forensic disciplines performed by the police department.
  • Extensive knowledge of personnel and management practices.
  • Extensive knowledge of the scientific principles, laboratory procedures, methods and techniques for analysis as applied to identification of controlled dangerous substance and/or serology/DNA analysis.
  • Considerable knowledge of computer technology and application software.
  • Skilled in oral and written communications to successfully defend results and conclusions of forensic casework in court.
  • Ability to perform chemical and instrumental tests accurately.
  • Ability to manage and direct operations of a multi-discipline forensic laboratory.
Minimum Qualifications
  • A master's degree from an accredited four-year college or university in forensic science, a natural science such as chemistry, physics, or biology; or a subspecialty of a natural science such as organic chemistry, biochemistry, or molecular biology; and four (4) or more years of experience in documented forensic laboratory work; two (2) or more years of managerial or supervisory experience; six (6) or more years of experience with ASCLD/LAB-International (American Society of Crime Lab Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board-International) standards; a valid non-commercial Class C motor vehicle operator's license; and meet the minimum qualifications of a Forensic Laboratory Director as defined in Title 10 (Department of Health & Mental Hygiene) Subtitle 51 (Forensic Laboratories) in the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR).
Supplemental Qualifications - NOTES:
  • This is a Safety Sensitive position and employees in this position are subject to Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS) and Alcohol testing.
  • The selection process includes a comprehensive background investigation.

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Posted: February 8, 2017

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