Chief Medicolegal Invest-Dep Coroner
An upper-level manager, directing the work of the sworn and non-sworn personnel and the functions of the Office. Plans, organizes, directs, and reviews the activities of the Office and makes suggestions for short and long-range planning and objective goal setting. Responsible for field and/or inter-office operations and supervises and personally performs investigations and administrative duties. Must comply with all ongoing educational and physical training requirements.
The following statements are illustrative of the duties and responsibilities of the job. The organization retains the right to modify or change the duties and responsibilities of the job at any time.
- Supervise and assist in the development, implementation, and evaluation of Office goals, objectives, policies, and priorities.
- Evaluate, determine, and suggest resources needed.
- Provide input and suggestions to the Coroner on the implementation of programs based on current and long-range needs
- Monitor the assignment of all work and activities and provide overall technical and administrative direction.
- Monitor the Office work to ensure compliance with written directives
- Does final review and signs all financial and payroll documents.
- Assist in budget preparation and administration; develop and approve requirements for equipment needs and coordinate purchases of all specialized equipment.
- Coordinate Office activities with other departments, County agencies, criminal justice agencies, medical facilities, and the community; represent the Office on boards, committees, and organizations to enhance communications and training with other agencies and the community; work directly with other County agencies and departments in joint projects.
- Represent the Office at informational, planning, and other required County meetings.
- Help select and train assigned staff.
- Work with Administrative Assistant to develop and implement effective staff work schedules.
- Prepare and/or approve course outlines for Larimer County Medical Examiner's Office Reserve Training Program; assist with teaching and assure all classes are taught by knowledgeable instructors; monitor course progress, assists students, and assures quality of Program.
- Respond to and investigate death scenes within Larimer County; required to conduct a complete medico-legal investigation and to perform all functions of a Certified Medicolegal Investigator (see separate job description).
- In rare but critical instances, may be required to detain, arrest, or assist other law enforcement agencies in detaining/arresting individuals such as any legal next-of-kin attempting to obtain a weapon from the Coroner's office and who is determined to be a felon or have an outstanding warrant, or any family, roommates, witnesses, or bystanders at a death scene who are interfering with law enforcement investigation, compromising evidence integrity, attempting to hide or retain prescription or illegal drugs, jeopardizing public safety, or other situations as deemed necessary.
- Maintain Law Enforcement certification by fulfilling all ongoing, required training.
- Perform other duties as appropriate or necessary for performance of the job.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
- Principals of personnel selection, supervision, training, and evaluation.
- Criminal Law, Medicolegal knowledge, and any specialized laws, rules, and regulations concerning specialized areas of responsibility.
- Colorado Coroner's Statutes 30-10-Part 6, as well as Colorado Revised Statutes Titles 16, 18, and 24 pertaining to public records, collection of evidence, arrests, search and seizure, Criminal Codes, and search warrants.
- Read and comprehend department and County rules, regulations, policies, procedures, and standard operation procedures.
- Proper and effective methods of deploying personnel in accordance with anticipated and actual requirements.
- Training requirements and effective training methods.
- Office disciplinary steps and requirements.
- Law enforcement methods and procedures including investigation, identification techniques, investigative reports, and Medical Examiner's records.
- Manage and coordinate resources of the Medical Examiner's Office.
- Communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.
- Maintain statistical documentation as required.
- Coordinate and manage programs and special projects.
- Identify, analyze, and interpret problems and develop effective and workable plans of action to alleviate these problems.
- Work under high stress and exercise good judgment in crisis situations.
- Interpret and apply laws and regulations.
- Perform all duties required of a P.O.S.T. certified law enforcement agent within the bounds of Medicolegal duties.
- Enforce State laws in an equitable, effective manner.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other County employees, representatives of other agencies and organizations, and members of the community.
- Five years law enforcement or investigative experience required.
- Five years experience as a responsible medico-legal investigator required.
- Basic Medical Terminology and Anatomy course or equivalent required.
- Basic and Advanced approved courses in Medicolegal Death Investigation required.
- Specialized training in Administration of Justice, Police Science, Public Administration, and other related fields is preferred.
- Valid and current Colorado P.O.S.T. Law Enforcement Certification required.
- Medicolegal Death Investigator's Certification acceptable to the Larimer County Coroner's Office required.
- American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI) Certification required.
- Minimum of an Associate's degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university with major coursework in health sciences, criminal justice, or other related fields required.
- Possession of or ability to obtain, a valid Colorado Driver's License.
- Must have acceptable eyesight to perform above-listed duties.
- Must have appropriate voice and communication skills to be clearly understood on telephone, radio, and in public contacts.
- Must have acceptable hearing for use of telephone, radio and public contacts.
- Must be able to sit up to three continuous hours while driving and stand/ walk up to three continuous hours for scenes and autopsy work.
- Must be able to get into and out of vehicle repeatedly.
- Must be able to stoop, bend, stretch, twist, reach, kneel, crawl, squat, climb, and balance.
- Must be able to lift, carry, drag, or push, an average body weight of 150 to 200 lbs., both alone and with help.
- Must be able to climb ladders or stairs or climb up to and down from higher levels using unconventional methods.
- Must be able to work in hazardous or dangerous work areas or situations.
- Must have fine and gross motor skills; hand dexterity; use of fingers, hands, and arms; and good grip strength to perform investigative duties.
- Must be capable of working in highly stressful situations.
- Must have good cognitive skills and awareness of work accuracy.
- Must have the ability to concentrate on more than one task at a time and to make independent decisions.
- Must be able to work outside in adverse weather conditions.
- Must be able to transverse uneven terrain.
- Must be able to load gurney into vehicle with decedent requiring 125 pounds of force.
- Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds during autopsy.
- Must be able to push gurney up to 75 feet requiring a force of 100 pounds.
- Must be able to access confined spaces, 24 inches by 24 inches, at death scene.
- Must be able to tolerate heights up to 100 feet to photograph death scenes from aerial bucket.
- Must be able to crawl and/ or navigate crawl spaces and lofts.
- Must be able to maintain physical fitness requirements listed above and pass an annual physical fitness test.
- Maintain all P.O.S.T. and Larimer County Sheriff's Office requirements for continuing training, including firearms, physical agility, and driving.