Medical Examiner Department Head

Sheboygan County
Job Description
This position is an appointed employee of the County. The Medical Examiner shall perform the duties outlined in §59.34 Wis. Stats.; Chapters 69 and 979, Wis. Stats.; statutes and administrative rules, as applicable, and as amended from time to time.
Hires, trains, evaluates, and supervises all Medical Examiner personnel.  Develops and implements Medical Examiner policies and procedures.  Completes state and federal reporting forms, questionnaires and reports incidental to duties of the office.  Prepares and administers the Medical Examiner’s Office annual budget; monitors, oversees and authorizes expenditures; processes and pays invoices. Purchases and maintains supplies and equipment. Records all fees for services performed, as well as notify Finance Department for fee collection.  Establishes and maintains effective working and public relations with various local and state law enforcement agencies, federal officers, County departments, medical personnel, funeral service professionals, families, and the public.  Maintains availability as a supervisor to consult 24/7 on investigations, maintains flexibility to work day, evening, and weekend shifts.  Receives reports of deaths occurring with Sheboygan County and responds as appropriate.  Identifies deceased individuals, performs death notification to next of kin personally or in conjunction with other law enforcement and judicial agencies. May provide referrals to available services.  Investigates deaths in accordance with Wisconsin State Statutes, 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, suicide, accidental, homicidal, or undetermined.  Externally examines body for trauma or physical evidence pertaining to death. Determines the need for autopsy and collection of biological specimens or additional testing in furtherance of determining manner and cause of death. May or assign designee to attend autopsies involving criminal matters.  If necessary to determine manner and cause of death, obtains personal data, social, medical and mental health history of the deceased through release of documents, records and interviewing parties known to the decedent or involved in the incident. May request court to issue subpoena to obtain records in furtherance of determining cause or manner of death.  Directs, administers, and supervises the operations and personnel of the Medical Examiner’s Office in providing death investigation responses and cremation permit issuance for the County.  Issues cremation permits after viewing deceased and determining that no further death investigation is necessary.  Upon the request of the Court or District Attorney, may be required to testify to matters pertinent to death investigations or in case there is a change in evidence.  Consistent with policies and procedures of the Office of Medical Examiner, communicates with funeral homes regarding disposition of the body (cremation authorizations, permission to embalm, disinterment permits and death certificates).  Collects, maintains, and disposes evidence; obtains specimens; maintains and sorts records and documents incidental to the office.  Maintains Disaster Morgue Plan and collaborates on and implements disaster planning.  Performs other duties and tasks as assigned.
A minimum of two years of post-high school education in nursing, medical technology, chemistry, biology, medicine, pre-med, paramedic, EMT, forensic science, criminal justice or closely related field and two years of medicolegal investigative experience. A combination of education and experience that provides equivalent knowledge, skills, and abilities may be considered. Must be available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, unless proper replacement is available and reported to dispatch/paging agency. Valid Wisconsin driver’s license and access to personal transportation, or other reliable means of city and rural travel on a 24 hour basis.  Knowledge of the statutory duties affecting the Medical Examiner’s Office, methods of conducting death investigations, and supervisory techniques. Ability to establish and maintain effective public relations and working relationships with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. Ability to exercise judgment and make independent decisions to oversee the work of staff, communicate effectively orally and in writing and interact effectively with co-workers and the general public. Able to fulfill the physical demands of the job, sensory demands (seeing and hearing), cognitive demands (concentration, conceptualization, memorization). Ability to maintain strict confidentiality.
The Medical Examiner County Board Liaison Committee is the Law Committee, and directly reports to the County Administrator.  Supervises the Chief Deputy Medical Examiner and Assistant Medical Examiners. Decision concerning carrying out the statutory duties of the Medical Examiner’s Office and supervising personnel are made independently.  There is significant interaction with professionals such as, funeral directors, hospitals, law enforcement departments, pathologists, attorneys, insurance companies, federal and state reporting agencies, media and families of deceased and the general public.  Working relationships with surrounding Counties Medical Examiners & Coroners.
Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
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