Salary: $81.25-$93.24 hourly / $14,132-$16,216 monthly / Range: 2
DEFINITION: Under general direction, performs autopsies; acts as
a professional consultant and provides expert witness services; and
performs other duties as required.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is a single-position class in
the Sheriff-Coroner's Office. The incumbent reports to the Coroner's
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
Performs autopsies to determine the cause in cases of sudden,
violent, or unexpected death and dictates accurate, comprehensive
and concise reports as to his/her findings.
Performs forensic scene investigations; directs and ensures the
preservation of legal, physical, and medical evidence, ensuring that
the chain of custody is maintained.
Offers possible reconstruction of what took place to the Coroner and
acts as a professional consultant in medico-legal cases concerning
the cause of death and manner of death for the District Attorney's
Office; provides expert testimony in court.
Performs other medico-legal pathology services such as examining the
nature and origin of wounds.
EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS: Valid Physicians and Surgeons Certificate
issued by the Board of Medical Examiners of the State of California
and board certified (or eligible for certification) in Forensic
Additional Qualifications: Valid California driver's license at the
time of appointment.
Knowledge of: principles and practices of modern medicine;
specialized techniques, procedures, and equipment used in pathology;
Ability to: perform specialized medical services in pathology;
prepare accurate, comprehensive and concise records and reports;
speak clearly and concisely; speak before large groups with varying
degrees of knowledge of pathology; establish and maintain effective
working relationships with Coroner's staff and affiliated