Deputy Medical Examiner

Portage County is hiring an On-call Medical Examiner to join their team!
What are the primary job duties?

  • Investigates deaths in accordance with Wisconsin State Statues, including evaluating death scenes, examining and preserving evidence, investigating the circumstances of death by obtaining personal data and medical history through records and interviews; and establishes initial assessment of cause and manner of death, as natural, suicidal, accidental, homicidal or undetermined.
  • Determines need for autopsy, toxicology, radiology, etc.; involvement from other agencies/departments such as law enforcement/detective, crime lab, District Attorney, pathologist, etc.; obtains appropriate records from law enforcement, heath care establishments, etc. to coordinate a comprehensive, multidisciplinary investigation.
  • Prepares and maintains reports documenting the facts and findings of all death investigations and other activities pertinent to the investigation.
  • Determines positive identification of the decedent.
  • Collects, maintains and disposes of evidence; obtains bodily specimens; maintains and sorts records and documents; maintains, sorts and reviews photographs; prepares presentations and slides.
  • Arranges for performance of pathological or medico-legal examinations and other tests, including autopsies, as individual situations warrant, and may accompany body to and observe the autopsies.
  • Answers family questions and concerns over deceased individuals.
  • Provides court testimony as needed.
  • Prepares and provides cremation authorizations, disinterment permits and death certificates. Prepares and submits reports, documentation and correspondence including medical examiners reports, traffic fatality reports, statistics, firearm death reports, etc.
  • Attends training meetings and seminars; participates in task forces and review teams; maintains current training, in-service seminars and public speaking as needed.
What are the minimum qualifications?
  • High School diploma or equivalent required, associate degree in paramedic, nursing, biology, medicine, pre-med, forensic science or criminal justice or closely related field preferred.
  • A minimum of six months of experience in the fields described above.
  • Any combination of education and experience that provides the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions of the position.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and access to an insured vehicle for business related travel.
  • Must have flexibility in availability of twenty four (24) hours a day, varying days of the week.
 This position is not eligible for benefits.

Portage County is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer