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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 2326 - EO Senior Deputy Coroner

Job Description

FLSA STATUS: Non Exempt
GRADE: 312

POSITION SUMMARY
Under general supervision; performs work of moderate mental and physical difficulty while conducting investigations into the manner and cause of death of any person whose death occurs under the jurisdiction of the Coroner within the boundaries of DuPage County, and performs all related work as required.

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
Deputy Coroners, duly appointed and qualified, may perform any and all of the duties of the coroner in the name of the coroner, and the acts of such deputies shall be held to be acts of the coroner. The work of the Senior Deputy Coroner is distinguished by the fact that the incumbents are permitted additional latitude in decision making on more complex or serious investigations. In addition, the Senior Deputy Coroner in the absence of the Chief Deputy Coroner may be called upon to perform the duties of the Chief Deputy Coroner as directed by the Coroner or Chief Deputy Coroner as outlined below. General supervision is provided by the Chief Deputy Coroner and the DuPage County Coroner.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed by positions in this class.

• Conducts investigations into the manner and cause of death of any individual whose death falls under the jurisdiction of the Coroner as defined by Illinois statutes
• Provides assistance and leadership to Deputy Coroners with routine duties
• Conducts investigations including, but not limited to, deaths that are sudden or of a violent nature, fetal deaths, sex crimes, crimes against nature, deaths that are suspicious, mysterious or obscure or where the attending physician’s written opinion states the cause as undetermined, deaths caused by any drug or alcohol addiction, deaths where the decedent was not attended by a licensed physician
• Initiates investigation into the cause and manner of death upon proper notification
• Reports to the location of the death, as deemed necessary, to discuss with family, police, firefighters, paramedics, witnesses or others the circumstances surrounding the death
• Obtains blood, urine or other specimens from the deceased, as necessary, in an attempt to determine cause of death
• Forwards samples and specimens to a certified toxicology laboratory for analysis;
• Authorizes autopsies and/or X-rays as needed
• Processes specimens according to established directions including proper labeling, sealing and securing
• Communicates with funeral homes, at the family’s direction, to arrange for removal of decedent from scene, hospital or morgue
• Issues temporary or permanent certificates of death upon completion of the related stage of the investigation process.
• Clears report case load and finalizes pending cases.
• Investigates and authorizes the issuance of a cremate permit as appropriate
• Assists the pathologist with exams, including the removal of internal organs or body fluids
• Provides reports to the State’s Attorney’s Office as requested
• Documents and secures pertinent personal property of the deceased and completes related property control forms.
• Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with department and division staff.
• Analyzes problems, identifies alternative solutions, projects consequences of proposed actions, and implements recommendations in support of goals
• Provides leadership to effectively resolve issues
• Recommends hires and promotions, directs, evaluates and appeals of employment decisions for all assigned positions
• Maintains regular attendance and punctuality

NON-ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Adjusts work assignments and schedules in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities as assigned.
• Depending on assignment may maintain required emergency management training, licensure and/or certifications.
• Performs related duties as required or assigned within job classification.

QUALIFICATIONS
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 essential functions.

Knowledge of:
• Current office practices, procedures and equipment
• County policies and procedures
• Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes
• Modern methods and practices of death investigation
• Geographic regions of DuPage County

Skill in:
• Using computer hardware and software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, email, etc
• Applying an acquired knowledge of procedures, rules, regulations and services applicable to the assigned office
• Using computer hardware and software including work processing, spreadsheets, databases, email etc.
• Observing details surrounding a case
• Dealing effectively with others, including skill in communicating in an empathetic manner with family members who may be emotional or distraught.
• Handling dead human remains, often under undesirable circumstances

Ability to:
• Manage projects and multiple priorities simultaneously
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with department and division staff, other departments and others
• Communicate and use interpersonal skills to interact with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction
• Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, local laws, rules, and regulations
• Convey excellent oral and written communication
• Work effectively under stress
• Maintain confidentiality
• Monitor employees when directed by the Coroner or Chief Deputy Coroner
• Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals
• Provide leadership to effectively resolve issues

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
During the absence of Coroner or Chief Deputy Coroner

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Completion of a High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma equivalent; Five years of investigative training either in a private agency or with a Police Department; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Medium Work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 50 pounds of force amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Use of arm and or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than for sedentary work.

WORK ENVIRONMENT
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The work will occur in an office and field environment. Will work in an environment with highly emotional situations. While performing the duties and responsibilities the employee will be exposed to loud noise, noxious odors, unsanitary conditions, hazardous materials such as chemicals, biohazard, and with fumes or airborne particles, electricity, moving mechanical parts, varying weather conditions and situations. The position is subject to 24/7 call out for some crime scenes.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
Must possess and maintain in good standing, a valid Illinois driver’s license