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Medical Examiner Investigator

Macomb County Department of Health, Mount Clemens, Michigan

Salary: $40,949.80 - $51,187.25 Annually

Final Filing Date: January 16, 2018

Under direction, performs investigations of deaths that occur within Macomb County; prepares detailed reports and analysis on investigation of cases; ensures that evidence, death scene and specimens are preserved for authenticity in cooperation with local law enforcement activities; works cooperatively with law enforcement agencies, funeral homes and others concerned with individual cases; performs related duties as assigned.

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Duties:

  • Performs thorough investigations of deaths that occur within Macomb County.
  • Establishes decedent identification and documents decedent's history, including, but not limited to, medical, mental health and social history.
  • Investigates and examines the death scene and the decedent, including bodies that are decomposed, skeletonized and infectiously diseased, in order to assist in determining cause of death.
  • Interviews and obtains statements from witnesses, family members and medical personnel to assist in determining cause of death.
  • Ensures that evidence, death scene and specimens are preserved for authenticity in cooperation with local law enforcement agencies.
  • Ensures scene safety.
  • Establishes and documents chain of custody.
  • Determines whether bodies should be released to funeral homes or transported to the Medical Examiner's office for further examination by the Medical Examiner, following established laws and regulations.
  • Searches for physical evidence at scenes of death to assist in determining cause of death.
  • Assists in the identification of decedents.
  • Works cooperatively with law enforcement agencies, funeral homes and others concerned with individual cases.
  • Examines decedents, documents physical findings and prepares detailed reports.
  • Works cooperatively with other death investigators and participates in scene debriefing.
  • Completes scene investigation to determine jurisdiction of the body.
  • Provides assistance to families at scenes.
  • Photographs and/or videotapes scene of death and autopsies to maintain complete records of Medical Examiner cases.
  • Bends, stoops and reaches in order to conduct investigations.
  • Pushes, pulls, rolls, lifts and moves decedents, with assistance, including but not limited to decedents who are morbidly obese.
  • Must be able to respond to death scenes within a timely manner.
  • Reviews death certificates and signs cremation permits.
  • Prepares, lifts, transports and carries bodies for autopsy; assists in conducting autopsies.
  • Prepares and reviews detailed reports and analysis on investigations of cases.
  • Completes reports and forms required to finalize cases.
  • Operates an automobile while performing assigned duties.
  • May testify in court concerning reports and/or findings.

Requirements:

REQUIRED:
  • Possession of a high school diploma or a certificate of successful completion of the General Educational Development Test.
  • Previous experience, including internships, working in the field of forensic investigation, nursing, law enforcement (detective, evidence technician) or in a directly related field.
  • As a condition of hire, certification as a Diplomat of the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (D-ABDMI) must be obtained within the first year of employment.
PREFERRED:
  • Possession of an Associate Degree or 60 college credit hours in Psychology, Sociology, Criminal Justice, Nursing or a related field.
SKILLS AND SPECIFICATIONS:
  • Ability to make decisions under adverse conditions in accordance with established policies and procedures.
  • Ability to handle the activities of the office with compassion and respect for human dignity.
  • Knowledge of conducting investigations involving accidental, suicidal and homicidal deaths.
  • Knowledge of the legal requirements, rules and procedures that pertain to investigative operations.
  • Knowledge of the criminal statutes of Michigan pertaining to accidental death, suicide and homicide, including laws of evidence.
  • Ability to make decisions and perform duties under adverse weather and conditions in accordance with established policies and procedures.
  • Ability to communicate with distressed people from all socio-economic backgrounds and under adverse conditions.
  • Ability to use Microsoft Word and Excel programs.
  • Knowledge of the use of photography and video equipment.
  • Ability to develop and prepare clear and concise investigative reports.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, law enforcement agencies, outside professionals and the public.
  • Possession of a valid Michigan driver's license and an operable insured automobile for authorized travel.
  • Ability to effectively speak, write and understand the English language.
  • Ability to speak and understand a language other than English is preferred.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with elected officials,
  • Administrators, Department Heads, staff, union officials and the public.
  • Ability to conduct oneself with tact and courtesy.
WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
  • Hearing, sight/vision, smell, speech, and tactile/touch are regularly required.
  • Climbing/working at heights, driving, kneeling/squatting, manual dexterity, pushing/pulling objects away from or toward the body; sitting, standing, and walking/running are frequently required.
  • Balancing, bending, grasping, lifting/carrying over 100 pounds with or without assistance; and reaching are occasionally required.
  • Crawling and digging are rarely required.
  • May be exposed to:
    • Airborne infectious agents
    • Biological products (i.e. waste water, garbage)
    • Blood and/or bodily fluids
    • Chemicals (i.e., dust, gases, fumes, liquids)
    • Confined space
    • Congested area
    • Dust/smoke/fumes/odors/grease/oil
    • Electrical hazards
    • Extreme temperatures
    • Hazardous substances
    • Inadequate lighting
    • Noise
    • Physical violence/aggression
    • Slippery surfaces
    • Vibration
    • Working outside
    • Working at heights

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Posted: January 2, 2018



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