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JOB TITLE:

Chief Deputy Coroner

JOB CODE:

0219

DEPARTMENT:

Coroner

UNION:

00

FLSA STATUS:

Non-Exempt

GRADE:

 

POSITION SUMMARY:

Serves as an assistant and representative to the Coroner.  Is a liaison with various agencies (law enforcement, fire services, Health Department and other governmental agencies) pertinent to the type of case reviewed and investigated.  Works under the direction and discretion of the Coroner and facilitates his/her duties when he/she is absent or as requested.  Must be available twenty-four hours a day including weekends and holidays.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Conducts professional Coroner’s investigations by scientific, thorough and systematic on-scene and telephone inquiries into all sudden, unexpected, accidental, violent or unexplained deaths.Determines the cause, manner and reason of the death and further determines if the death may have been a result of a criminal act, criminal neglect, civil neglect by persons other than the deceased or by suicide.
  • Compiles and receives all pertinent reports of death from on-scene/investigating law enforcement personnel, physicians, nurses and other allied health professionals to determine the level of investigation needed to complete the case.
  • Responds to scenes and conducts physical examination of the decedent and surrounding area to form a basis of the determination of preliminary cause and manner of death.Identifies wounds, defects or evidence of injury on or about the body.Photographs the decedent and scene and collects pertinent evidence found on or near the body.
  • Orders or removes decedent(s) from the scene to the forensic facility.
  • Orders examination(s): autopsy, odontology, anthropology, X-ray or other professional services such as toxicology, DNA and fingerprinting as deemed necessary and appropriate.
  • Attends autopsy and relates all findings of the investigation (photos, medications, past medical history, evidence) to the forensic pathologist performing the autopsy.
  • Draws toxicology (blood, urine and vitreous humor) on decedents not autopsied, but with possible alcohol or drug involvement or history of use.
  • After interviewing law enforcement, family members, medical staff or others involved in the investigation and reviewing all physical findings such as autopsy, toxicology, odontology, X-ray, evidence or other services ordered or performed, completes a thorough and accurate Coroner’s Report.
  • Properly certifies (or assists the Coroner) the cause/manner of death and prepares/completes the death certificate.
  • Maintains (or assists in maintaining) all appropriate documents, records and statistics that pertain to the operation of the office.
  • Assigns and reviews the work of Deputy Coroners.
  • Is always available to assist Deputy Coroners in any way, particularly on difficult or multiple victim cases.
  • Answers inquiries or complaints from the public, family members of the deceased, law enforcement personnel, health professionals, attorneys, funeral directors or others regarding actions taken or omitted by the staff members or personnel of the Coroner’s Office.
  • Notifies the Department of Health when a death is suspected or due to contagious disease(s) and may constitute a possible public health hazard.
  • Performs (or assures) follow-up reporting to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (motor vehicle deaths); US FDA Med Watch (medical product defects); US Product Safety Commission (consumer product defects/hazards); PA SIDS Foundation (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome); PA and Bucks County Children and Youth Agencies (abused children and child death review team).
  • Authorizes (or assists in) cremation permit requests by area funeral directors.
  • Investigates, follows up and compiles information on unidentified dead persons.
  • Arranges for disposition of unclaimed decedents.
  • Establishes, maintains and enforces standard policies for the efficient operations of the office.
  • Maintains County morgue – oversees the building, cleanliness, evidence and supplies.
  • Issues and executes subpoenas as necessary.
  • Assists the Coroner in convening Coroner’s Inquests.
  • Assists the Coroner with press releases or press conferences.
  • Other duties may be assigned.

SUPERVISION and ADMINISTRATIVE DUTIES:

  • Runs the day-to-day operation of the office, supervises office staff and eight employees.
  • Reviews completed Coroner’s cases concerning Coroner’s Reports of death for accuracy, validity of conclusion and completeness.
  • Assesses, prepares and formulates changes in investigative procedures.
  • Assesses and revises forms used by Deputy Coroners, administrative staff and others.
  • Completes or assists in the completion of the Coroner’s Annual Report.
  • Insures that within thirty (30) days after the end of each year that all Coroner’s records are deposited in the Prothonotary’s Office for inspection of all persons interested (County Code Act 1251).
  • Completes or assists in the completion of the Coroner’s Office annual budget.
  • Researches and arranges purchases of needed equipment.
  • Assures that payments for cremation permits are received from funeral homes and payments for records and photographs from attorneys, insurance companies, etc., are promptly deposited in the Treasurer’s Office.
  • Prepares duplication of photographs when requested for purchase and insures payment is received prior to the release of photos to the purchaser.
  • Insures that acceptable internal control procedures are established, consistently followed and properly executed by the Coroner’s Office staff.
  • Monitors staff’s attendance, authorizes employee’s requests for time off and sick usage and approves weekly time attendance sheets.
  • Thoroughly reviews and verifies all invoices submitted to the Coroner’s Office for payment and authorizes payment when assured that services were rendered to the Coroner’s Office or products ordered were received in part on completely.
  • Insures that a “Daily Receipts Log” is prepared and maintained and processes and forwards all receipts (utilizes the correct account numbers) daily to the Treasurer’s Office.
  • Performs physical inventory of County-owned property and updates the County’s physical inventory reports.
  • Interviews applications and candidates for employment and reports to the Coroner.
  • Orients (or assigns others to orient) newly hired employees.
  • Evaluates (as requested by the Coroner) job performance for all employees.
  • Supports and provides training for Deputy Coroners.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Any combination of experience and training which affords the applicant an opportunity to gain the above listed knowledge, skill and ability..

Minimum of five (5) years’ experience in the field of forensic investigation.

Must attend and pass the Pennsylvania Basic Coroner’s Education Course and complete a minimum of eight (8) hours of continuing education per year (as required by Pennsylvania law).

Must have knowledge of the recognized medical causes of death (to include gross anatomy and toxicology results).

Must possess and maintain a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license.

Position: Chief Deputy Coroner

Functional Requirements:

Physical Demands: (Check all that apply)

Balancing

X


Stooping

X


Pushing

X

Climbing

X

Crouching

X

Pulling

X

Crawling

X

Kneeling

X

Handling

X

Standing

X

Sitting

X

Talking

X

Turning

X

Reaching

X

Hearing

X

Seeing

X

Color Vision

x

Depth Perception

x

Mobility

X


Lifting: (Check one)

Carrying: (Check one)


Sedentary

(0-10 lbs)



Sedentary

(<10 lbs)


Light

(0-20 lbs)


Light

(0-10 lbs)


Medium

(0-50 lbs)


Medium

(0-25 lbs)


Heavy

(0- 100 lbs)


Heavy

(0- 50 lbs)

X

Very Heavy

(over 100 lbs)


X

Very Heavy

(over 50 lbs)

Aptitudes: (Check all that apply)

Form perception

X


Problem solving

X

Motor coordination

X

Working speed (ex.wpm) 20WPM

X

Finger dexterity

X

Manual dexterity

X

Computer/VDT ability

X

General learning ability

x

Clerical perception

X


Environmental Conditions: (Check all that apply)

Extreme cold

X


Extreme heat

X

Temperature changes

X

Wet conditions

X

Humid conditions

X

Exposure to fumes

X

Exposure to blood and body fluids

X

Noise and vibration

X

Exposure to chemicals

X

Poor ventilation

x

Inclement weather conditions;

Inside/outside weather conditions

x


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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50 North Main Street
Doylestown, PA 18901
Monday through Friday 7:30 am to 5:00 pm
Phone: 215-348-6546

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1660 Easton Road
Warrington, PA. 18976
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Phone: 215-345-3205

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