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Job Number :
  201305008   (Refer to this number when applying for this job)
Title :
  Medico-Legal Death Investigator    
Location :
  St. Johns    
Pay Rate :
  $17.63  per hour    
Description :


Under general supervision, performs work of moderate difficulty investigating unattended or unnatural deaths, performs other work as assigned.  This position works closely with the Alternate Medical Examiner and daily supervision is provided by the Sheriff’s Office.



·         Prepares bodies, facilitates and observes autopsy examinations.

·         Gathers information, maintains records and prepares reports.

·         Collects toxicological specimens and submits them for analysis.

·         Assists with the processing of death certificates, property records and body handling records.

·         Catalogs evidentiary materials.  Ensures evidence is obtained and stored properly.

·         Ensures quality of all forensic photography.

·         May conduct training on death investigation procedures.

·         Provides decedent removal and transportation to funeral homes/morgue facilities.

·         Cleans, sanitizes and maintains morgue(s).

·        Obtains or coordinates positive identification of bodies through visual personal identification, X-ray, dental records, descriptive evidence, and fingerprint records.

·         Other duties as assigned



·         Knowledge of the principles, practices, methods and techniques of investigative work.

·         Knowledge of basic laws of evidence and relevant laws pertaining to death investigations.

·         Knowledge of techniques used to collect and preserve evidence.

·         Knowledge of trace evidence identification and collection.

·         Knowledge of fingerprint ID procedures.

·         Knowledge of biohazard safety practices.

·         Knowledge of safe handling of firearms, ammunition and hazardous materials

·         Skill in gathering, analyzing and evaluating facts and evidence.

·         Skill in acting quickly and calmly with proper judgment in emergency situations.

·         Skill in maintaining accurate and timely documentation and records.

·         Skill in effectively communicating verbally and in writing.

·         Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with employees, other agencies and the public.

·         Skill in use of photographic equipment.

·         Skill in taking precise fingerprints and latent fingerprint comparison.





·         Draw or letter charts, graphs, time lines, maps or similar objects;

·         Measure distances using a tape measure and/or calibrated instruments;

·         Comprehend or make inferences from written material;

·         Bend or stoop repeatedly or continually over time;

·         Walk over rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces;

·         Establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, other agencies and the

·         public;

·         Follow written and verbal instructions;

·         Communicate orally and by telephone with public and employees in a face to face setting;

·         Respond to call out 24 hours a day as needed;

·         Operate a motor vehicle requiring a standard driver’s license;

·         Move heavy objects (50 pounds or more) short distances (20 feet or less);

·              Dig up ground using a pick, shovel, spade or other tools;

·         Work in a variety of weather conditions with exposure to the elements;

·         Produce written documents with clearly organized thoughts using proper sentence construction,

punctuation and grammar;

·         Mix and work with cleaning fluids, chemicals, pesticides, insecticides or similar solutions using

normal protective equipment;

·         Determine and evaluate the value of evidence.



High School Diploma or G.E.D. equivalent, Valid Arizona Driver’s License; AND must pass background check, criminal history check and polygraph; AND be capable of lifting heavy weight (up to 140 pounds); AND have the ability to work under adverse conditions; AND may be required to work weekends, holidays, and be available to respond to calls at all times; OR an equivalent combination of training, education and work experience. Must successfully pass the basic Registry examination of the American Board of Medico-Legal Death Investigators and become a Diplomate of the American Board of Medico-Legal Death Investigators within twelve (12) months after employment. After being certified a copy of the certification will be submitted to the Health Director of the Apache County Public Health Services District.




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