Job Descriptions

The statements contained in the job description are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job requirements or duties performed. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

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Title: Forensic Investigator
Department: Administrator/Controller Updated: 01/2018
Division: Medical Examiner FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Bargaining Unit: CASUAL Wage Range: Not Available

Primary functions are to cover for the Chief Forensic Investigator – Program Coordinator in their absence.  Communications, field investigation, file/record maintenance and assisting with supervising all individuals who provide services to this office.


·         Proceed to where the body lies, in any of the following circumstances: Homicide, Suicide, Accidents, SIDS, or any death with suspicious circumstances (including fire, unidentified and/or found bodies, death of a prisoner in County Jail, drowning, etc.).

·         Attempt to identify the deceased, if not previously identified. 

·         Notify the deceased’s next of kin regarding the death and location of the body, if such notification has not already occurred. 

·         Make accurate documentation of all efforts to locate the next of kin. 

·         Examine the body of the deceased including bodies that are decomposed, skeletonized and infectiously diseased for signs of injury, or disease. 

·         Investigate into the manner and cause of death. 

·         Interview and obtain statements from witnesses, family members and medical personnel to assist in determining cause of death.

·         Ensure that evidence, death scene and specimens are preserved for authenticity in cooperation with local law enforcement activities.

·         Determine whether bodies should be released to funeral homes or transported to the morgue for further exam by the Medical Examiner, following established laws and regulations.

·         Work cooperatively with law enforcement agencies, funeral homes and others concerned with individual cases.

·         Assist with administering in-service training programs for Medical Examiner Personnel to ensure that techniques and procedures are up to date.

·         Evaluate the need for equipment and supplies in the M.E. Division

·         Oversee all morgue operations including but not limited to: making sure all equipment is provided and in good condition.

·         Take care of specimens in morgue, transporting them when necessary to storage areas, providing them to doctors when necessary.  This also includes monitoring slides to be sure that doctors are receiving theirs and that what is produced is quality. 

·         Provide specimen samples for testing to different agencies maintaining a chain of custody.

·         On office day provide morgue tech services, i.e. autopsy assisting, drawing toxicology specimens.

·         Respond to request from law enforcement agencies, funeral homes, physicians, and other county divisions regarding legal procedures, status of investigation and individual cases to ensure that assistance and accurate information is provided.

·         Inspection of the morgue and offices of the Medical Examiner for appearance, orderliness and cleanliness.

·         Availability on a 24 hr. basis to take death reports, responding when needed.

·         Arrange for the removal of bodies with funeral homes upon the completion of investigation including arrangements of indigent burials and authorization of cremation permits as needed.

·         Communicate with the public, survivors, media, attorneys, judicial personnel, those performing services for the office, those working in conjunction with this office and with the Chief Medical Examiner through written, verbal and non verbal forms of communications. 

·         Availability to testify as the keeper of records when needed.

·         Cremation permits and death certificates:  generate and provide to funeral home in a timely manner death certificates and when requested cremation permits.

·         Associated Agency support: help funeral homes in completing death certificates or find the appropriate person to complete the document. 

·         Helping agencies locate the appropriate office to handle their needs.

·         Processes all data related to the Medical Examiners Office, includes sorting through information, logging in cases, entering date to computer, typing correspondence, responding to requests for information, generating reports and preparing annual report, providing statistical information to requesting agencies and filing and maintaining records.

·         Provides blood samples for testing to different agencies when necessary and maintains the chain of custody.

·         Assist with the development and maintenance of manuals and policies when needed. 

·         Other duties as assigned.


The Medical Examiner shall determine the qualifications of the Medical Examiner Investigator and shall be solely responsible for determining the duties assigned to the Medical Examiner Investigator.

Reports directly to the Chief Forensic Investigator, in absence of CFI reports directly to Medical Examiner.




·         Must possess a high school diploma (GED acceptable); and one or more of the following:

·         Minimum of current basic EMT, Paramedic or Nursing license.


·         Certified Law Enforcement/Peace Officer.


·         Certification as a Medicolegal Death Investigator through ABMDI/NIJ course (continent upon approval of Chief Medical Examiner).

·         5 years of experience (or 2,000 hours) working in one or more of the following fields: Medicolegal death investigation, law enforcement, EMS or funeral service.

·         Knowledge of conducting investigations involving accidental suicidal and homicidal deaths.

·         Knowledge of legal requirements, rules and procedures that pertain to investigative operations.

·         Knowledge of criminal statues of Michigan pertaining to accidental death, suicide and homicide, including law of evidence.

·         Writing, reading, mathematical principles; proficient computer skills-Microsoft Office Suite, Outlook; exercise sound judgment and decision making in accordance with policies and procedures; ability to research and problem solve independently; knowledge of County operations and functions; ability to prioritize and time manage; handle stressful situations, provide effective and friendly customer service; support the County's mission and values; ability to think critically where necessary.             

·         Knowledge or understanding of basic administrative tasks: operate standard office equipment; document management; prepare and maintain records, various correspondences and reports; answer general inquiries and refer as necessary; answer telephone calls, process mail, order supplies/equipment; prepare meeting agendas, attend meetings, record/transcribe/distribute minutes; entering, transcribing, recording, storing or maintaining information in written or electronic form with speed and accuracy; maintain calendars, arrange meetings, schedule rooms and equipment as necessary.    

·         Ability to communicate effectively and efficiently with management, co-workers and clients; obtain and communicate accurate information; apply common sense understanding to complex instructions and respond accordingly;  communicate complex ideas through graphs, charts, presentations, reports or other professional correspondence.          



·         Ability to demonstrate predictable, reliable, and timely attendance.                

·         Ability to read, write & communicate in English; follow written and verbal instruction and understand basic mathematics and figure checking.              

·         Ability to interpret and apply procedures, rules, technical information, instructions, manuals to complete tasks accurately and on schedule.                                     

·         Ability to learn from directions, observations, and mistakes; and apply procedures using good judgment.                                                                        

·         Ability to use discretion and maintain sensitive and confidential information.     

·         Ability to work independently or part of a team; ability to interact appropriately with others such as County officials, employees, vendors and the general public.

·         Ability to work under supervision, receiving instructions/feedback, coaching/counseling and/or action/discipline.                                             

·         Adaptability to change in the work environment, managing competing demands and ability to deal with frequent changes, delays or unexpected events.

·         Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services including customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction

·         Proficient skills using Microsoft Office programs including, but not limited to: Word, Excel, Access, and Outlook required.  Proficiency may be tested.      

  • Prior to starting employment, the candidate must complete a satisfactory background check.  The background check is understood to encompass all forms of pre-employment screening, including but not limited to: drug screen, physical, criminal background, driving record, sex offender registry, education, training and licensing verification, employment history, credit check, and professional and personal references.
  • Must possess a valid State of Michigan operator license and maintain this license throughout employment in this position.

·         Must possess certification through the St. Clair County Medicolegal Death Investigator training course or obtain certification within six months of hire.




The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job with or without accommodations.  Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to:

·         Must be able to lift a minimum of 100 pounds alone at waist high level and carry a distance of 50 yards without pausing.

·         Speak to others to convey information effectively.

·         Read, interpret and understand procedures, rules, technical information, instructions and manuals.

·         Hear and understand information presented through spoken words and sentences.

·         Specific vision requirement includes close vision, distance vision, color and depth perception.

·         Use hands to operate a computer, handle materials and operate equipment.

·         Push or pull carts, reach with hands and arms forward, above and below shoulder level.

·         Lift, move or carry objects, equipment and supplies weighing up to 50 pounds.

·         Individual is required to stand for long periods of time and to use hands and fingers, to handle or feel. 

·         Sit, bend, stoop, crouch, crawl and kneel in an ergonomically correct manner.

·         Stand and walk, climb stairs.

·         Normal office hours are from 8:00 a.m. through 4:30 p.m.

·         Generally works in a normal office environment.

·         The noise level in the work environment is moderate with many interruptions.



Disclaimer: The statements contained in this job description are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position.  They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job requirements or duties performed.  The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.





It is the policy of St. Clair County not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, disability that does not prevent performing essential job functions or because he or she is a protected veteran.


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Human Resources
200 Grand River Avenue, Ste. 206
Port Huron, MI 48060

Phone: (810) 989-6910
Fax: (810) 985-3493
Email: Human Resources