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The Arkansas State Medical Examiner’s Section is a component of the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory. The Medical Examiner’s Section services all 75 county coroners

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Typical Functions:

Responsible for supervision of a staff of Forensic Investigators who conduct death investigations. Responsible for organizing and supervising the transport, position and chain of custody of deceased individuals from all 75 counties for forensic examinations. Responsible for writing reports, obtaining medical records or other hospital specimens pertaining to the death investigation, and performing follow-up investigations on behalf of Medical Examiners as requested. Responsible for obtaining information, obtaining crime scene photos from coroners and/or law enforcement personnel. Responsible for communicating with coroners and law enforcement agencies for medical examiner consultations. Responsible for coordinating the release of deceased individuals to appropriate facilities. Handles inquiries from the public regarding examinations performed by the Medical Examiner. This includes limited release of autopsy information to family members, and arranging discussion between the Medical Examiner and family members when appropriate. Responsible for mailing out autopsy reports when appropriate. Provides backup for other members of the clerical staff, and performs other duties as required. Ensures all case information is contained in the laboratory LIMS.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, and human resources.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, natural science or related degree; plus three years of professional experience in death investigation, law enforcement, or a medical related field. Other job related education and/or experience may be substituted for all or part of these basic requirements. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB-RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.

Required Certificates:

The Crime Lab Program Coordinator is also expected to hold basic certification by the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI), or achieve such certification within a year of hire. If the Medical Examiner Case Coordinator does not have advanced certification by the ABMDI it must be obtained within 2 years after achieving basic certification. The Crime Lab Program Coordinator will be required to obtain continuing education and maintain advanced certification. Unless already trained to do so, specific instruction on how to collect and preserve evidence, including biological fluid evidence from cases of suspected sexual assault. This position will also be required to successfully complete basic supervisory training provided to state employees.


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