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Class Code:W6243

SENIOR MEDICAL/LEGAL INVESTIGATOR

NATURE OF WORK:

This is a supervisory, technical, laboratory and investigative work in the office of the Medical Examiner.

Work involves assisting with the training and with supervising the work of subordinate investigators and interviewing and research in office and field setting to determine the cause and manner of death. Responsibilities also include the use of crime laboratory technology including photography to assist in collection of evidence at the scene of the death. Exercise independent judgment in selecting salient information and evidence to collect for use in determining cause of death.

Manage and oversee the Indigent Program, which assists in the proper disposition of unclaimed bodies within Broward County. Managing death certificates submitted for cremation approval that must be reviewed, and possibly investigated, each business day for the approval of the Medical Examiner on duty. Manage all of Broward County’s cold cases, along with performing casework on all of the unidentified persons currently falling under the jurisdiction of Broward Medical Examiner’s Office.

Assist with the purchasing and oversee the maintenance of investigative equipment, uniforms and County vehicles. Supervision is provided by a technical or administrative superior through work assignment and review of completed tasks.

ILLUSTRATIVE TASKS:

Receives notice of death by telephone,  in person or from written reports. Conducts interviews to gather information surrounding the terminal event including physical descriptions of decedents and their personal habits; determines appropriate action to be taken.

Determines whether cases are appropriately under the jurisdiction of the Medical Examiner; refers cases to police where appropriate; assist with serving as liaison for the Medical Examiner’s Office to the medical community, funeral directors, law enforcement agencies and the public.

Assist with planning, assigning and supervising the work of the medical-legal investigators, assists subordinates with interviewing in the more difficult cases and in resolving complaints.

Determine the eligibility status of all Broward County indigent cases with extensive research locating next of kin, decedent’s financial status, assets, property, bank accounts or veteran status.

Manage and participates directly in the investigation of all cremation approvals.

Manage and oversee the Unidentified and Missing Persons cases through specialized work in cold case and DNA work, network with police investigators, other medical-legal investigators, private investigators, and the general public, research next-of-kin and identity of bodies and arrange for family or friends to identify cadavers.

Prepares death certificates and release of the body.

Manage and assist with the purchasing of investigative equipment, vehicles and uniforms.

Prepares narrative and technical reports using  computer  based applications.

Prepares summary reports or cases using basic computer-based office and specialized applications and enters case data into the Medical Examiner’s data base.
 
Performs related work as required.

KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES AND SKILLS:

Considerable knowledge of Florida Statues which apply to the work of the Medical Examiner’s Office, including issuance of certificates and permits.
Considerable  knowledge of the principles and practices of criminology.
Considerable  knowledge of the office procedures of the Medical Examiner’s Office.
Considerable  knowledge of medical terminology, physiology, anatomy and crime laboratory techniques including photography.
Knowledge  of the geography of the county.
Ability  to interview for fact finding purposes.
Ability  to supervise and train subordinate employees.
Ability  to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
Ability  to demonstrate a mature, respectful approach to disagreeable phases of work involved.
Ability  to write reports using computer-based applications.
Ability  to serve the public and fellow employees with honesty and integrity in full accord with the letter and spirit of Broward County’s Ethics and Conflict of Interest policies.
Ability  to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the general public, co-workers, elected and appointed officials and members of diverse cultural and  linguistic  backgrounds, regardless of race, color, ethnicity, religion, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, or  political affiliation.

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with course work in medical technology, biology, criminology, law, mortuary science, forensic science, anthropology, or any field closely related to this assignment; two (2) years experience in the use of medical terminology; two (2)   years experience investigating cause/manner of death; two (2) years experience with the collection of evidence at death scenes;  and (6) six months experience in supervising staff; or any equivalent combination of relevant training and experience.

PREFERRED EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:

Two (2) years experience in forensic training is preferred but not required in one or more of the following areas: DNA, forensic anthropology, finger print analysis, cold case work, NAMUS. American Board of Medical-Legal Death Investigators Certification.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENT:

Position involves field work and driving is required. Must possess a valid Florida driver’s license during employment. Must obtain and maintain authority to drive on County business.
GENERAL INFORMATION:

Bargaining Unit:     White Collar
FLSA Status:          Non-exempt
Financial Disclosure Required
Class Spec. Estab:   E 02/2011

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