INVESTIGATOR COUNTY MEDICAL EXAMINERS OFFICE
Under direction, investigates deaths reported to the County
Medical Examiner's Officer; collects information, medical
specimens, documentation, and other data relevant to the matter
of the decedent's demise for the medical examiner to use in
determining the cause and manner of death; does related work as
NOTE: The definition and examples of work for this title are for
illustrative purposes only. A particular position using this
title may not perform all duties listed in this job
specification. Conversely, all duties performed on the job may
not be listed.
EXAMPLES OF WORK:
Visits scene of death and gathers essential facts concerning the
medical cause of death.
Interviews witnesses and prepares full descriptions of the death
scene and statements of witnesses.
Examines the body of the deceased at the death scene, and
observes the appearance of the body; notes any information which
may be relevant determining the time, cause, manner, or
circumstances of death.
Gathers samples of relevant materials at death scene for use in
conducting toxicological examinations.
In the absence of a police officer and next of kin, takes
possession of all property of value found on the deceased,
prepares an exact inventory of items, and labels personal
effects, evidence, and specimens as required and transports same
back to the county morgue or medical examiner's office.
Takes possession of any objects or articles which may be useful
in establishing cause of death.
Transports bodies by motor vehicle to the county medical
examiner's office for examination.
Recommends release of bodies or the need for medical or legal
autopsy on the basis of preliminary investigation.
Takes photographs of the body and death scene.
May make pronouncement of death of persons who die unattended
by a physician if legally qualified to do so.
Obtains records and reports from police departments and other
agencies needed by the medical examiner to fully investigate the
Prepares body for autopsy and assists the medical examiner in the
Takes and preserves tissue samples.
Prepares standard solutions and preforms routine tests of body
Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic
and/or manual recording and information systemsused by
the agency, office, or related units.
Three (3) years of experience in investigating the medical
cause of death of humans.
NOTE: Successful completion of thirty (30) hours of
instruction in death investigation conducted by or sponsored by
the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, the American Society of
Clinical Pathologists, the College of American Pathologists, the
National Association of Medical Examiners, or an institution of
higher education or other agency approved by the State Medical
Examiner may be substituted for one (1) year of the required
NOTE: Where the duties of a particular position involve
making a determination of and the pronouncement of death,
appointees will be required to possess either:
A current and valid registration as a professional nurse in the
State of New Jersey
A current and valid license to practice medicine in the State of
Appointees will be required to possess a driver's license
valid in New Jersey only if the operation of a vehicle, rather
than employee mobility, is necessary to perform the essential
duties of the position.
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and medicine sufficient to
elicit pertinent medical history to help determine a medical
cause of death.
Ability to compose clear written reports of observations made
at the death scene and in subsequent investigations.
Ability to interview witnesses, medical professionals, and
bereaved families in the course of investigations.
Ability to use tact an courtesy in conducting investigations.
Ability to make accurate and pertinent observations of the
appearance of a deceased used in determining time, cause,
manner, and circumstances of death.
Ability to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or
manual recording and information systems used by the
agency, office, or related units.
Ability to read, write, speak, understand, or communicate in
English sufficiently to perform the duties of this position.
American Sign Language or Braille may also be considered
as acceptable forms of communication.
Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as
long as they can perform the essential functions ofthe job after
reasonable accommodation is made to their known limitations.
If the accommodation cannot be made because it would cause
the employer undue hardship, such persons may not be eligible.
This job specification is applicable to the following title code:
This job specification is for state and local government use.
Salary range is only applicable to state government.
Local salaries are established by individual local jurisdictions.