Investigator (part time)

Ashtabula County Coroner’s Office

The Ashtabula County Coroners Office is now accepting resumes for a part-time Investigator. 

Assists the Chief Investigator/Administrator with examining decedents body for signs of trauma and/or unusual circumstances; verifies post-mortem changes are consistent with the situation and circumstances; relays the absence of any signs of life to Coroner for pronouncement of death. Assists the Chief Investigator/Administrator with surveying death scenes; collects information, evidence, and other items related to the cause or manner of death; photographs body and surrounding conditions, and documents death scenes to preserve the circumstances of the death/scene; requests medical, mental health, and/or employment records; obtains necessary search warrants as directed by prosecutor and/or law enforcement. Interviews family members, physicians, nurses, law enforcement, and EMS to obtain medical history, lifestyle patterns, incident, and other reports related to the case; communicates information to Coroners staff and administrative staff; works in a professional manner with prosecutor and law enforcement; testifies in court or before grand jury if required. Prepares written reports detailing observations and investigation findings; completes inventory and proper packaging of decedents personal valuables for safe return to legal next of kin; gathers controlled substances (prescriptions) of the deceased for inventory and destruction.

Government structure and process; County goals and objectives; County policies and procedures; investigation techniques; law enforcement procedures and methods; techniques of collection and preservation of evidence; computer software; safety practices and procedures; medical technology; federal, state, and local laws; office practices and procedures; English grammar and spelling; employee training and development; supervisory principles and practices; death investigations and related equipment; anatomy; medical terminology; forensic science. Ability to deal with problems involving several variables within familiar context; define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions; exercise independent judgment and discretion; prepare accurate documentation; compile and prepare reports; conduct effective interviews; communicate effectively; handle sensitive inquiries from and contacts with officials and general public; develop and maintain effective working relationships; demonstrate physical agility; lift, push, pull bodies up to 200 lbs.; travel to and gain access to work site. 

Completion of secondary education or equivalent (high school diploma or GED); additional coursework in Coroner Investigator procedures; five (5) or more years of related training and/or experience in law enforcement; or any equivalent combination of education, experience, and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. Must possess a valid Ohio drivers license and maintain insurability under the Countys vehicle insurance policy; must possess or be willing to obtain a Death Investigation certification issued by the Forensic Schools and Seminars.