• Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 10, 2019
Full Time Criminology and Forensics Legal Services
  • Salary: $79,689.84 - $104,516.88 Annually

Job Description



4/10/2019at8:00 AM (PT)

This examination will remain open until the needs of the service
are met and is subject to closure without prior notice.


Open Competitive Job Opportunity

Supervises the activities of one or more units through subordinate supervisors in theInvestigations and DecedentServices Divisions of the Department of Medical Examiner - Coroner.

Positions allocable to this class work under the administrative and technical supervision of the Chief or Assistant Chief, Coroner's Investigations and are responsible for directing the activities of one or more units of investigative and support personnel through subordinate supervisors and developing and implementing training programs and performance standards for the division.Incumbents must exercise knowledge of principles of supervision,employee relations, and departmental policies and proceduresin order to provide administrative supervision to subordinate supervisors and staff. Incumbents must also be thoroughly familiar with provisions of the Government Code pertaining to the Coroner's responsibilities, provisions of the California Penal Code and laws governing search and seizure, and the rules of evidence sufficient to provide technical direction to subordinates and supervise highly sensitive investigations. This class requires the occasional lifting ormoving of decedents, which includes the pushing, pulling and lifting of gurneys; carrying gear bags that may include heavy ropes and other equipment used in the extrication of decedents; wearing personal protective equipment that may include tanks and protective breathing apparatus; all of which may be combined with bending, stooping, standing, or walking for long periods of time and working on irregular surfaces as part of the investigation into circumstances of death.
Essential Job Functions
  • Plans, organizes, schedules, and evaluates the work of subordinate supervisors, investigative staff and support staff.
  • Develops and recommends standards, policies, and procedures for theInvestigations and DecedentServices Divisions
  • Determines, plans, develops, and directs training programs for investigative and support personnel.
  • Confers and discusses policy matters with law enforcement officers, attorneys, hospital administrators, medical and nursing personnel, and members of the news media.
  • Directs or personally conducts special investigations.
  • Supervises highly sensitive investigations or high profilecases requiring specialized investigative techniques and experience in responding to the news media.
  • Participates in the selection of investigative and support personnel.
  • Acts in the absence of a chief or assistant chief, as needed.
  • Required to drive personal vehicle when performing County business, as needed.
  • Required to drive a County vehicle to locations throughout the County to conduct investigation activities and transport bodies from death scenes to the Forensic Science Center or other regional facility, as needed.


Option I: Two years ofexperience as a Supervising Coroner's Investigator I for Los Angeles County.

Option II: Four years ofactive field investigative experience* in a law enforcementor coroner/medical examineragency, two years of which must have included a full-time assignment supervising investigators or detectives.

*Field investigative experience must have included duties such as interviewing suspects, informants, and witnesses; following leads; searching for physical and documentary evidence; using evidence to substantiate findings or conclusions; examining records to detect links in a chain of evidence or information reconstructing events; and preparing reports of investigative findings.

A valid California Class "C" Driver License is required to perform job-related essential functions. Successful applicants for positions that require driving must obtain and present a copy of his/her driving record from the California State Department of Motor Vehicles before final appointment. Applicants should not present a copy of their driving history until asked to do so by the hiring department. The County will make an individualized assessment of whether an applicant's driving history has a direct or adverse relationship with the specific duties of the job. License must not be currently suspended, restricted, or revoked.AN APPLICANT WHOSE DRIVING RECORD SHOWS FOUR OR MORE MOVING VIOLATIONS WITHIN THE LAST TWO YEARS WILL NOT BE APPOINTED.

Out of state applicants must have a valid license from the state in which they reside at the time offiling and will be required to obtain a California Class "C" or above driver licenseby thetime of hire.

3 - Moderate. Includes standing or walking most of the time, with bending, stooping, squatting, twisting, and reaching; includes working on irregular surfaces,occasionally lifting objects weighting over 25 pounds, and frequent lifting of 10-25 pounds.
Additional Information

PART I: Amultiple choice testweighted at 30% evaluating Knowledge of State Laws Related to Coroner Investigation, Techniques, and Procedures; Human Anatomy Related to Coroner Investigation; Written Expression; Reading Comprehension; and Decision Making.

PART II: A structured interview weighted at 70% evaluating Technical Knowledge, Interpersonal/Oral Communication, Work Skills, Continual Learning, Supervision and Operations Management.

Applicants must meetthe Minimum Requirements and achieve a passing score of 70% or higher on each weighted part of the examination in order to be placed on the eligible register.


Applicants who have taken identicalmultiple choicetests for other exams within the last twelve (12)months will have their written test scores for the identical test part(s) automatically transferred to this examination.

This examination contains test parts that may be used in the future for new examinations. Upon acceptance of your application, your scores will be transferred to the new examination, and you may not be allowed to re-take anyidenticaltest part(s) for at least twelve (12) months.

Invitation letters for themultiple choicetest and interview will be sent electronically to the email address provided on the application. It is important that candidates provide a valid email address. Please add to your email address book and list of approved senders to prevent email notifications from being filtered as spam/junk/clutter mail.

Final results will be sent by U.S. mail. Written scores cannot be given over the phone.

An interactive, Online Test Preparation System fortaking practice tests and printable information may beaccessed on the Department of Human Resources JobResources website at .Test preparation information is located under the"Employment Test Assistance" section.

The names of candidates receiving a passing grade in the examination will be placed on the eligibleregister for a period of twelve (12) months from promulgation date.

Candidates selected for appointment will be extended an offer of employment that isconditional upon the results of a background investigation which includes a medical screening and a psychological evaluation.

Medical screening is in accordance with California Government Code Section 1031(f) and POST Commission Regulation 1954. Candidates must be medically suitable to perform all the duties of a Peace Officer as described in California Penal Code Section 830.35.

Position is a Peace Officer pursuant to Penal Code 830.35(c). Must meet the Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) required minimum standards for Peace Officer at time of appointment, including citizenship, age, character, and education.

Successful completion of the Arrest and Firearms Courses as mandated in Section 832 of the California Penal Code within the first twelve (12) months of appointment. Failure to satisfy this requirement will result in termination of employment.

Successful completion of an approved Coroner's Death Investigation course within the first twelve (12) months of appointment. Failure to satisfy this requirement will result in termination of employment.

The resulting eligible register will be used to fill vacancies in the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner located at 1104 North Mission Road, Los Angeles, CA 90033.

Applications must be filed online only. We must receive your application by 5:00 p.m., PDT, on the last day of filing. Applications submitted by U.S. mail, fax, or in person will not be accepted.

Apply online by clicking on the "Apply" green button at the top right of this posting. You can also track the status of your application using this web site.

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER: Please include your Social Security Number for record control purposes. Federal law requires that all employed persons have a Social Security Number.

COMPUTER AND INTERNET ACCESS AT PUBLIC LIBRARIES: For candidates who may not have regular access to a computer or the internet, applications can be completed on computers at public libraries throughout Los Angeles County.

NO SHARING OF USER ID AND PASSWORD: All applicants must file their application online using their own user ID and password. Using a family member's or friend's user ID and password may erase a candidate's original application record.

The County of Los Angeles is a Fair Chance employer. Except for a very limited number of positions, you will not be asked to provide information about a conviction history unless you receive a contingent offer of employment . The County will make an individualized assessment of whether your conviction history has a direct or adverse relationship with the specific duties of the job, and consider potential mitigating factors, including, but not limited to, evidence and extent of rehabilitation, recency of the offense(s), and age at the time of the offense(s). If asked to provide information about a conviction history, any convictions or court records which are exempted by a valid court order do not have to be disclosed .

Available Shift: Any
California Relay Services Phone: (800) 735-2922
ADA Coordinator Email:
Teletype Phone: (800) 899-4099
Alternate Teletype Phone: (800) 897-0077
Department Contact Name: Olga Arteaga
Department Contact Phone: (213) 351-2936
Department Contact Email:

Closing Date/Time: