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Medicolegal Investigator

Brown County Medical Examiner, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Salary: $22.83 Hourly

Final Filing Date: Continuous

Responds promptly to various death scenes and acts as primary official in charge of the body, personal effects and evidence; investigates deaths in order to determine the cause, manner and contributing factors in conjunction with the Medical Examiner, law enforcement authorities and the general public; ensures accurate and thorough investigations are conducted; performs various related duties.

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  • Responds promptly to various death scenes and acts as primary official in charge of the body, personal effects and evidence; takes photographs and interviews witnesses to obtain a statement reflecting the chain of events; ensures the proper handling of the body and witnesses in accordance with established policies and procedures; ensures proper receipt and disposition of all evidence and personal effects.
  • Investigates all deaths which are: sudden, unexplained, unusual or suspicious; performs investigations on all homicides, suicides, poisonings and abortion related deaths, as well as deaths when a physician (or representative) has not been in attendance for thirty days, when a physician refuses to sign the death certificate or when certification cannot be obtained within six (6) days of the expiration; ensures the accuracy, completeness and timeliness of investigations, as well as compliance with local, state and federal laws governing the same.
  • Prepares a preliminary written report detailing the necessary case demographics and a summary of the scene and circumstances surrounding any death occurring under the jurisdiction of the Brown County Medical Examiner; submits this report to the office no later than the morning following the death.
  • Prepares a comprehensive electronic report regarding the scene and circumstances surrounding any death occurring under the jurisdiction of the Medical Examiner, utilizing hospital records, interviews with relatives, friends and other contacts, and other information as needed; the preliminary comprehensive report to be received at the office of the Brown County Medical Examiner within 7 days after the investigation.
  • Coordinates death investigation efforts with various local, state, and federal agencies as the need arises; responsible for knowledge of procedures required following aviation and interstate commerce accidents or multiple fatalities/disasters and applies said knowledge to the practice of such investigations.
  • At the direction of the Medical Examiner or his/her designee, orders required identification procedures; orders laboratory procedures such as: toxicology, bacteriology, serology and virology. At the direction of the Medical Examiner, facilitates autopsies and transportation services for decedents where an autopsy is ordered by the Medical Examiner or his/her designees. Secures blood samples for tests; ensures the accuracy, completeness and timeliness of the same.
  • Assists in the investigation of homicides, suicides and accidental deaths with law enforcement agencies; obtains subpoenas for records in deaths being investigated as needed; applies professional knowledge and accepted practices in performing the same.
  • Provides information to the Medical Examiner or his/her designee to aid in the ruling of cause, manner, as well as information regarding contributing factors to the death. Uses established policies and procedures to facilitate this responsibility. Communicates with the Lead Investigator and the Director of Operations regarding complicated death investigations.
  • Upon request, presents case findings to all allied authorities such as the police and the District Attorney; testifies in civil and criminal court including preparation and conferences; maintains the integrity and professionalism of the same.
  • Ensures that family members are aware of the support services available to them; coordinates with funeral homes for disposition of remains.
  • Verifies, signs and forwards appropriate forms to the proper officials; maintains these records for all deaths; ensures the accuracy, completeness and timeliness of the same; ensures proper chain of evidence.
  • Coordinates dissemination of information to family, friends, law enforcement agencies and the public in accordance with Medical Examiner office policies.
  • Reviews all incomplete and/or pending cases for accuracy and completeness as required.
  • Performs death notifications for other jurisdictions as required.
  • Investigates and certifies requests for cremation or disinterment as required.
  • Maintains non-office computer equipment (provided) for field work.
  • Performs related functions as assigned.


Education and Experience:
  • Two year college or technical school degree in nursing, medical, law enforcement or paramedical profession; or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities.
Licenses and Certifications:
  • Valid Wisconsin Driver's License
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
  • Knowledge of medical terminology as applied to anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, bacteriology, toxicology and pathology.
  • Knowledge of basic psychology.
  • Knowledge of state statutes regarding Medical Examiner's office activities.
  • Knowledge of common prescription drugs and their effects as related to: reactions, dosages, cumulative effects and side effects.
  • Knowledge of the practices and procedures of evidence collection.
  • Knowledge of all County and Medical Examiner office policies regarding daily functions of the office.
  • Ability to analyze factors regarding a death in order to determine the cause of death.
  • Ability to assist in investigations when necessary.
  • Knowledge of accepted safety procedures.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, officials and the public.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to utilize computerized databases and have working experience with the Windows format.

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Posted: May 23, 2018

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