Deputy Medical Examiner – On Call

Application Deadline: 2022-06-30
Job Type: County
Job Description:


Status: Part Time – Occasional – On Call, Non-Exempt

Hours: Rotating On Call 12 & 24 hr. shifts – Occasional business hours in office.

Pay Schedule:

Death Investigation – $85.85/hr.
Body Transport – $61.89/hr.
Body View/Office/Meeting – $47.04/hr.
Per hour On-Call – $2.00

*On-Call is paid to one deputy scheduled to be on-call, but is not paid for any period of time during which the deputy performs any medical examiner related service, including travel time.

Forensic Science, Medical, or related field preferred

Position Open Until Filled

Please submit Cover Letter & Resume with application


This position conducts medicolegal investigations of deaths as outlined in Wisconsin State Statutes.


The following duties are typical for this position. However, they are not to be construed as exclusive or all–inclusive. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each duty satisfactorily. Other duties may also be required or assigned.

Responds to death calls, observes death scene, questions witnesses, and examines evidence to ascertain circumstances surrounding the incident.
Conducts thorough and independent death scene investigations to determine cause and manner of deaths falling within jurisdiction under State statutes.
Examines evidence at the scene to establish an initial assessment of the cause and manner of death as natural, suicide, homicide, accidental or undetermined. Takes photographs, collects toxicology samples, and other forensic evidence from the body.
Assists in identification of the decedent. Collects and preserves physical evidence in accordance with the established chain of custody procedures.
Performs death notifications. Answers families’ questions regarding the decedent.
Removes and transports the body from the scene to the appropriate facility.
Conducts medical and social history data collection on cases from hospital personnel, health care personnel, families, friends, neighbors and other sources.
Determines the necessity of an autopsy, toxicology and/or other testing.
Performs or orders physical examinations or tests incidental to any matter of a criminal nature when requested by the Court or District Attorney.
Documents case investigations and all property recovered and released to next of kin.
Obtains personal data and medical history by examining documents and interviewing relatives, friends and acquaintances.
Completes cremation releases, disinterment permits, medical record requests, subpoenas and other legally binding documents.
Maintains complete files on all cases reported to the Medical Examiner’s Office. Completes forms, utilizes appropriate case management software, and prepares reports and other documents and materials relevant to an investigation.
Compassionately deals with the family and loved ones of the deceased in a professional manner, which may include death notification and appropriate release of all information regarding the cause and manner of death.
Upon request from the District Attorney, give accurate and complete testimony as to the method of investigation used in a case and the findings of that investigative process.
Provides on-call death investigation coverage, which is 24/7 unless proper replacement is reported.
Other duties as assigned.


Two-year accredited post-high school education in EMT-Advanced, nursing, medical technology, chemistry, biology, pre-med, or a closely related field. Equivalent combination of education and experience which provides necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities may be considered.


Successful completion of an approved 40-hour course in death investigation.
Must have a Valid Wisconsin driver’s license.
Must successfully pass criminal background check.


Bachelor’s degree.

Minimum Requirements:


Knowledge in performing thorough death investigations and ability to complete effectively.
Ability to analyze and interpret medical and legal documents.
Ability to assess scene of death and effectively investigate situation.
Ability to draft legal correspondence and create reports.
Scientific or medical knowledge and background for identifying issues in death investigations.
Ability to coordinate scheduling to provide coverage 24 hours/day.
Knowledge of the County’s and Department’s operating requirements, policies, procedures, and practices; and local, State, and Federal regulations related to department programs and operations.
Skill in analyzing complex administrative information and issues, defining problems and evaluating alternatives and recommending methods, procedures and techniques for resolution of issues.
Ability to research and analyze detailed information and make appropriate recommendations.
Ability to develop, interpret and implement regulations, policies, procedures, written instructions, general correspondence, and other department specific documents.
Ability to organize, assign, and modify the work assignment of others, and (re)-establish priorities to meet deadlines.
Ability to establish and maintain accurate records of assigned activities and operations.
Ability to interpret and implement local policies and procedures; written instructions, general correspondence; Federal, State, and local regulations.
Skill in organizational and time management to prioritize duties to accomplish a high volume of work product while adapting to constant changes in priority.
Ability to perform detailed work accurately and independently in compliance with stringent time limits requiring minimal direction and supervision.
Ability to think quickly, maintain self-control, and adapt to stressful situations.
Knowledge of current office practices and procedures and knowledge of the operation of standard office equipment and software.
Knowledge of computer software including word processing, spreadsheet and database applications consistent for this position.
Ability to perform mathematical calculations required of this position.
Ability to communicate clearly, concisely and effectively in English in both written and verbal form.
Skill in researching and understanding complex written materials.
Ability to prepare and maintain accurate and concise records and reports.
Ability to apply sound judgment and discretion in performing duties, resolving problems and interpreting policies and regulations.
Ability to communicate detailed and often sensitive information effectively and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Ability to handle sensitive interpersonal situations calmly and tactfully.
Ability to maintain professionalism at all times.
Ability to maintain effective working relationships with individuals within and outside the organization.
Ability to maintain confidentiality and discretion regarding business-related files, reports and conversations, within the provisions of open records laws and other applicable State and Federal statutes and regulations.
Ability to work the allocated hours of the position and respond after hours as needed.

Deadline Note:

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