Employment Opportunity

Chief Medical Examiner Investigator/Coordinator

Pottawattamie County Medical Examiner, Council Bluffs, Iowa

Salary: $53,456.00 - $66,414.40 Annually

Final Filing Date: December 18, 2017

Responsible for assisting the Pottawattamie County Medical Examiner (PCME) with supervision of on-call staff, death investigations, and administrative duties required of the office. Acts as a liaison to law enforcement and other investigative agencies, families of the decedents, and the general public. The incumbent must be able to accommodate a work schedule of 24 hour per day on call coverage.

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  • Perform personnel management and supervises on-call field Investigators including, but not limited to, assist with hiring, training, schedule, assign and review work performed, handle complaints and recommend disciplinary action as needed.
  • Coordinates assigned work activities, and assures 24 hour staff coverage of investigations.
  • Performs office administrative and financial duties including but not limited to accounting and purchasing, ensuring the timely processing of claims, maintains records of all revenue and deposits, and prepares payroll.
  • Assists Medical Examiner with budget preparation, projects staffing and departmental expenditures. Performs basic accounting and enters financial information into departmental database.
  • Perform death investigations, review reports and assists the ME with decisions about autopsies and investigative response.
  • Handle bodies appropriately to insure evidence preservation, to maintain personal safety from potential exposure to blood and body fluid borne pathogens, and conduct all duties with respect for the deceased and their families.
  • Ensure that the decedent is properly identified/labeled and notifies the Pottawattamie County Medical Examiner (PCME) and Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner if necessary.
  • Assist in preservation and collection of identification records including photographs, dental records, x-rays, hospital records, and any other items of evidentiary nature for identification purposes.
  • Collect evidence at the death/crime scene including medical history, medications, psychological state at the time of death, weapons, etc. to help determine cause and manner of death. Secure photographs/video of the scene, interview family members, friends, and witnesses of the deceased as needed. Report findings to and confers with PCME.
  • Confer with the primary care physician of the deceased as necessary to determine previous medical, psychological, or psychiatric history.
  • Respond to inquiries from family members of the deceased, investigative agencies, medical personnel and general public. Help facilitate organ donation in applicable cases.
  • Gather information to determine whether to accept or decline jurisdiction in cases of death. When jurisdiction is assumed; arrange for labeling and transportation of the body to the state medical examiner facility.
  • Prepare detailed reports analyzing the circumstances of death and pertinent information regarding the deceased.
  • Testify in both civil and criminal courts when subpoenaed.
  • Maintain proper documentation and chain of custody of the deceased and relating evidence, clothing, personal effects, and maintains records of such.
  • Adhere to safety policies and practices and universal precautions and other appropriate infection control practices.
  • Attend work-related meetings and professional development opportunities to keep well informed on trends and procedures in death field investigations. May be required to attend meetings on behalf of the Medical Examiner.
  • Reliable attendance is required of this position. Must be able to accommodate a work schedule of 24 hour per day on call coverage as scheduled and as required.
  • Establish effective working relationships with Medical professionals, City/County governmental officials, law enforcement agencies, fire departments and the general public.


  • Knowledge of and the ability to apply the principles and practices of forensic death investigation.
  • Knowledge of the legal provisions concerning collection and admission of evidence in court.
  • Knowledge of Iowa laws as they pertain to the State Medicolegal System.
  • Knowledge of and experience in utilizing management and supervisory techniques in working with and supervising employees.
  • Knowledge of the English language and the ability to utilize proper grammar, spelling and punctuation.
  • Working knowledge and skill in the use of a personal computer and software applications including word processing, Excel, Power point and Outlook. Ability to type accurately.
  • Ability to plan and organize a personal work schedule, set priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; must possess good listening skills.
  • Ability to maintain composure and to perform job functions under stressful conditions.
  • Ability to accurately compile reports for submission to the PCME.
  • Ability to interview witnesses and family members during stressful conditions.
  • Ability to view situations with objectivity. Ability to observe and record facts accurately about persons, objects and events.
  • Ability to follow written and verbal directions and to complete assigned tasks on schedule.
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team and interact appropriately with others.
  • Skill in organizing, prioritizing and maintaining accurate records and files including death investigations for future retrieval.
  • Ability to perform routine office/clerical functions and to operate standard office equipment.
  • Ability to quickly analyze, retain composure, and apply procedures utilizing sound independent judgment and actions in stressful situations, occasionally in dangerous environments.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and security of information as appropriate.
  • Display high standards of ethical conduct, honesty, and integrity.
  • Displays a high level of initiative, effort and commitment towards completing assignments efficiently. Is able to work with minimal supervision.
Special Requirements
  • Graduation from a four (4) year college or university with major coursework in nursing, medicine, other health related field or forensic science, and two (2) years' experience as a licensed or certified nurse, medical care provider, or forensic science or any equivalent combination of training and experience that will have provided the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • Must successfully complete the St. Louis University School of Medicine's Basic Death Investigation course and obtain American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI) certification as well as others as deemed necessary to fulfill the requirements of the job in a time frame established by the employer.
  • Must have a valid driver's license and maintain it during the course of employment. May be required to use a private vehicle for official business. Must be insurable under county liability coverage.
  • Appointment must be approved by the State Medical Examiner.
  • Must be willing to undergo further training as needed to assist in gaining the expert knowledge required for the position. Must successfully complete the St. Louis University School of Medicine's Basic and Master Courses of Death Investigation as well as others as deemed necessary to fulfill the requirements of the job in a time frame established by the employer.

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Posted: December 7, 2017

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