CORONER INVESTIGATOR

  • LOS ANGELES COUNTY
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 07, 2019
Full Time Criminology and Forensics Legal Services
  • Salary: $68,905.20 - $90,375.36 Annually

Job Description



MEDICAL EXAMINER-CORONER



REBULLETIN INFORMATION: THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS A REBULLETIN TO REOPEN THE FILING PERIOD. PERSONS WHO HAVE APPLIED WITHIN THE LAST 12 MONTHS NEED NOT REAPPLY, BUT MAY SUBMIT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION IF THEY WISH. THE INFORMATION MUST CONTAIN THE CORRECT EXAM NUMBER AND NAME.

FILING DATES:01/12/2018at8:00 AM (PST)

THE FILING PERIOD MAY BE SUSPENDED AT ANY TIME WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE. THE EXAMINATION MAY REOPEN AS THE NEEDS OF THE SERVICE REQUIRE.

EXAM NUMBER
P1637A

TYPE OF RECRUITMENT
Departmental PromotionalJob Opportunity

Restricted to permanent employees of the above Department who have successfully completed their initial probationary period.

DEFINITION:
Plans and conducts investigations for the Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner to determine the jurisdiction, circumstances, manner, and cause of death.

CLASSIFICATION STANDARDS:
Positions allocable to this class work under the administrative and technical supervision of a Supervising Coroner's Investigator I and provide technical direction to the Coroner Investigator Trainee. Incumbents must independently exercise judgment in interpreting and applying departmentally approved procedures for conducting investigations at the scene of a wide variety of deaths to determine the jurisdiction, circumstances, manner, and cause of death. Incumbents must have a working knowledge of anatomy, legal terminology, departmental operational policies and procedures, and investigative techniques, including the collection of gunshot residue and other evidence and the recognition and differentiation of various modes of death and the ability to impart this knowledge to others in providing guidance to persons in the classification of Coroner Investigator Trainee. Positions in this class require the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, and with sensitivity to obtain information concerning the circumstances of a death from the decedent's family and friends, witnesses, and informants. Incumbents must write comprehensive reports of investigation findings for use by autopsy physicians and in court/deposition proceedings, and enter those findings into computerized data banks. This class requires frequent lifting and moving of heavy equipment and decedents and occasionally demands extraordinary physical activity while working.
Essential Job Functions
Plans and conducts the investigation of the circumstances of death at the scene to determine the jurisdiction of the Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner. Conducts investigations into deaths which occur at hospitals and also deaths where the decedent has been released to a private mortuary. Examines the body of the decedent and the surroundings at the death scene and performs the required tests for air and body temperature, livor mortis, and degree of rigor mortis. In the presence of witnesses, takes custody of any money, valuables or miscellaneous documents or papers; lists and records personal property on appropriate receipts; describes and documents clothing of decedents. Recognizes, collects and preserves physical evidence, including gunshot residue, sexual assault evidence, appliances, ligatures, garrotes, drugs, narcotics and paraphernalia, and trace evidence. Coordinates evidence collection and handling with Departmental criminalist and criminalist from other agencies. Uses field photographic equipment as necessary. Interviews witnesses, friends, and relatives to obtain information about the decedent and circumstances of death. Conducts follow-up investigations as required. Certifies deaths at mortuaries and field locations. Receives initial notification of deaths. Notifies and coordinates with officers of other criminal justice agencies when necessary. Prepares and serves Subpoena Duces Tecum, coordinates private pay autopsies and prepares documents and coordinates exhumations as assigned. Obtains medical/dental records and specimens. May write and process search warrants for the purpose of evidence collection. Writes reports of investigations which includes all pertinent data and exhibits illustrative of the circumstances of death. May be required to work as acting Supervising Coroner's Investigator I to a group or shift of investigators during the temporary or prolonged absence of a Supervising Coroner's Investigator I. May be required to act as Training Officer in providing guidance and direction to new investigative personnel or investigator trainees. Testifies in court or under deposition regarding the findings of an investigation of the circumstances of death. May be required to drive personal vehicle when performing County business.

May be required to drive a County vehicle to locations throughout the County to transport bodies from death scenes to the Coroner's facility.

May be required to travel by aircraft, boat, or other vehicles, or travel in heavy equipment to conduct investigations and remove decedents and to perform duties in areas of difficult accessibility, under limited visibility and mobility, during adverse weather conditions or disaster conditions. The incumbent may be required to conduct activity using specialized, technical safety gear under physically challenging and demanding circumstances.
Requirements

SELECTION REQUIREMENTS:

Successfully completed the one year Coroner Investigator Trainee program at the Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner, Los Angeles County as evidenced by a completed signed Probationary Report.

AND

Successfully completed the required California Commission Peace Officers Standards and Training (P.O.S.T) Training including P.C. 832 and Coroner's Death Investigation.

LICENSE:

A valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related functions.

PHYSICAL CLASS:

4 - Arduous. Involves frequent heavy lifting over 25 pounds, often combined with bending, twisting, or working on irregular surfaces; and occasionally requires extraordinary physical activity.

Additional Information

Special Requirement Information

VERIFICATION OF EXPERIENCE DOCUMENTS/LETTER WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED FOR THIS EXAMINATION. APPLICANTS MUST MEET THE SELECTION REQUIREMENTS AT THE TIME OF FILING. NO WITHHOLD IS ALLOWED FOR THIS EXAMINATION.

Successful applicants for this position will be required to obtain a copy of his/her driving from the California State Department of Motor Vehicles before being appointed. A copy of the driving record must be presented at the time of appointment. License must not be suspended, restricted or revoked. AN APPLICANT WHOSE DRIVING RECORD SHOWS FOUR OR MORE MOVING VIOLATIONS WITHIN THE LAST TWO YEARS WILL NOT BE APPOINTED.

Examination Content

This examination will consist of two parts:
PART I A Rating from Record evaluating the scope of training and experience based on application weighted 50%.
PART IIAn Appraisal of Promotability (AP) evaluating knowledge and skills in the field. Problem Solving Skills, Oral and Written Communication Skills, Work Habits and Productivity Skills weighted 50%. Candidates must meet the selection requirements and achieve a passing score of 70% or higher on each weighted part of the examination in order to be placed on the eligible register.

Special Information
Prior to appointment a candidate must successfully complete a fingerprint check.

Vacancy Information
The resulting eligible register will be used to fill vacancies in the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner, located at 1104 N. Mission Road, Los Angeles, CA 90033.

Eligibility Information
The names of candidates will be placed on the eligible register for a period of twelve (12) months from the date of promulgation.

APPLICATION AND FILING INFORMATION
All applicants are required to submit an online County of Los Angeles employment application. All information, including the selection requirements (i.e., education and driver license) is subject to verification and your application may be rejected at any time during the selection process. The acceptance of your application depends on whether you have clearly shown that you meet the selection requirements.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR FILING
To apply for this examination, click on the"Apply" tab located on the top right corner of the screen. Your application must be submitted electronically by 5:00 pm (PST), on the last day of filing.You can also track the status of your application using this web site.

*In order to receive credit for anycertification,a legible copy of requiredcertificates must be uploaded as attachments during application submissionor within fifteen(15) calendar days from application submission.If you are unable toupload the required documents, you must either email bbragg@coroner.lacounty.gov or fax to (323) 441-9942. Please include exam number and exam title.

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER
Please include your Social Security Number for record control purposes. Federal law requires that all employed persons have a Social Security Number.

COMPUTER AND INTERNET ACCESS AT PUBLIC LIBRARIES
For candidates who may not have regular access to a computer or the internet, applicationsmay be completed on computers at public libraries throughout Los Angeles County.

NO SHARING OF USER ID AND PASSWORD
All applicants must file their application online using theirownuser ID and password. Using a family member'sor friend's user ID and password may erase a candidate's original application record.

Available Shift:Any
California Relay Services Phone:(800) 735-2922
ADA Coordinator Email: adarequests@hr.lacounty.gov
Teletype Phone: (800) 899-4099
Alternate Teletype Phone: (800) 897-0077

Department Contact Name:Christian Martinez
Department Contact Phone:(323) 343-0710
Department Contact Email: CMartinez@coroner.lacounty.gov


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