Job Details for 2326 - EO Senior Deputy Coroner
STATUS: Non Exempt
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.
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.
investigations into the manner and cause of death of any individual whose
death falls under the jurisdiction of the Coroner as defined by Illinois
• Provides assistance and leadership to Deputy Coroners with
• 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
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
• 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
• 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.
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.
• Current office practices, procedures and
• 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
• 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
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
• Convey excellent oral and written communication
Work effectively under stress
• Maintain confidentiality
employees when directed by the Coroner or Chief Deputy Coroner
problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed
actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals
leadership to effectively resolve issues
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.
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
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.
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
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
and maintain in good standing, a valid Illinois driver’s license