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Chief Medical Investigator

at Bexar County

Posted: 11/9/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2607981
Keywords: medical, hospitals

Job Description

Overall Job Objective


Under general direction, is responsible for supervising medical investigation staff and operations; conducts in-depth investigations; maintains and releases evidence; performs related duties as required.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Supervises the daily operations of the medical investigation section
  • Supervises medical investigation staff and schedules work assignments
  • Conducts in-depth follow up investigations of designated cases
  • Develops operating policies and procedures related to medical investigations and identification of deceased persons
  • Develops and presents training and educational programs to medical investigation staff and law enforcement and hospital representatives
  • Responsible for overall Quality Assurance of investigative examinations and reports
  • Consults with law enforcement agencies and hospitals on death cases
  • May testify in court on investigative findings and procedures
  • Supervises security for the Forensic Science Center building
  • Performs related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, Biomedical Sciences or a closely related field, and six years of death investigation experience including three years supervisory experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Considerable knowledge of State Medical Examiner Act; considerable knowledge of crime scene investigation procedures; good knowledge of human anatomy; good knowledge of criminal justice system; good knowledge of legal limitations on releasing information; good knowledge of medical terminology; good knowledge of health and safety standards and practices
  • Skill in supervising employees; skill in conducting investigations
  • Ability to effectively respond to customer inquiries and complaints; ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing; ability to operate personal computer; ability to maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, co-workers, County employees, government agencies, outside organizations, the news media and the general public
  • Must secure and maintain a favorable background investigation from the Bexar County Sheriff's Office
  • Must have valid Texas driver's license, motor vehicle liability insurance and personal injury insurance; or have a self-reliant source of transportation to conduct business on a daily basis 
  • Must have available transportation during entire workday
  • Must clear a pre-employment physical and a pre-employment drug screen test
  • Must achieve diplomat status by the American Board of Medical Death Investigators within 2 years
  • Required to be on-call 24-hours a day.
  • May be required to work more than 40 hours during the workweek.
Working Environment and Physical Demands:
  • Working conditions are in morgue and outside environment with exposure to temperature variations, damp/wet surfaces, hazardous/toxic atmosphere, decomposing cadavers, infectious diseases, hazardous materials and unfavorable fumes, vapors or odors.
  • Physical requirements may include the ability to lift/carry up to 75-100 pounds and maneuvering cadavers unassisted in excess of 200 pounds; visual acuity, speech and hearing; hand and eye coordination and manual dexterity necessary to operate computer keyboard.  Subject to smelling, handling, walking, sitting, standing, bending, reaching and twisting to perform the essential functions.

Supplemental Information

Workstations with internet access are available, if needed, to view job postings and apply online at 211 S Flores, San Antonio, TX 78204, 8am – 5pm, Monday through Friday. Phone: 210-335-2545.

Bexar County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to Workplace Diversity.
We are committed to providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.