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Macomb County Medical Examiner Investigator in Mount Clemens, Michigan


C*URRENT HOURS AND STARTING TIME: *Full-time position (37.5 hours per week, working 12 hour shifts on midnights, including weekends and holidays). Shift starting time will vary.


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.


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.

May testify in court concerning reports and/or findings.


Required Education and Experience

  • 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 Education and Experience*

  • Possession of an Associate Degree or 60 college credit hours in Psychology, Sociology, Criminal Justice, Nursing or a related field. COMPETENCIES FOR SUCCESSFUL PERFORMANCE OF JOB DUTIES

Knowledge of:

  • Conducting investigations involving accidental, suicidal and homicidal deaths.
  • Legal requirements, rules and procedures that pertain to investigative operations.
  • Criminal statutes of Michigan pertaining to accidental death, suicide and homicide, including laws of evidence.
  • Photography and video equipment.

*Skill in:*

  • Microsoft Work and Excel Programs
  • Experience in speaking and understanding a language other than English, including but not limited to Spanish, Arabic, or a Central European Slavic language (e.g. Bosnian, Serbian, Croatian) is preferred.
  • Organizational ability and initiative.

*Ability to:*

  • Effectively speak, write and understand the English language.
  • Make decisions under adverse conditions in accordance with established policies and procedures.
  • Handle the activities of the office with compassion and respect for human dignity.
  • Make decisions and perform duties under adverse weather and conditions in accordance with established policies and procedures.
  • Communicate with distressed people from all socio-economic backgrounds and under adverse conditions.
  • Develop and prepare clear and concise investigative reports.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, law enforcement agencies, outside professionals and the public.
  • 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 Nosie Physical violence/aggression Slippery surfaces Vibration Working outside Working at heights


**The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties of personnel so classified.

Complies with P.A. 390, as amended, known as the State's Emergency Management Act and the County's Emergency Management resolution as well as all related plans, policies and procedures covered by these statutes.

Be physically able to perform the essential functions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation.

Salary: $44,730.56 - $56,729.17 Annually

Location: Mount Clemens, MI

Job Type: Full-time

Department: Health

Job Number: 21-00112

Closing: 4/13/2021 5:00 PM Eastern

Agency: Macomb County

Address: 1 South Main Street 6th Floor Mount Clemens, Michigan, 48043

Phone: 586-469-5280

Website: http://www.macombgov.org


HIRING AUTHORITY: Director/Health Officer

EMPLOYMENT RELATIONSHIP: Just cause subject to probationary period

F.L.S.A. STATUS: Non-exempt