Assistant Medical Examiner

Coconino County Medical Examiner's Office, Flagstaff, AZ, US


Are you looking for a rewarding and challenging position in a vibrant and livable location? The Medical Examiner’s Office, part of the Coconino County Health and Human Services (CCHHS) team, is nestled in the heart of Northern Arizona, in Flagstaff. Residents enjoy the benefits of a close-knit community with convenient access to major metropolitan areas, coupled with unmatched outdoor recreational opportunities. At Coconino County, we know the importance of work life balance and provide the needed flexibility to support our staff. The manageable caseload at our ME’s Office allows our Medical Examiners to enjoy time away from work, opportunities for community involvement, participation in academic/teaching opportunities, and involvement in a proven undergraduate internship program. 

Under general direction, performs work of considerable difficulty in postmortem examinations to determine the cause and manner of death and, if necessary, assists law enforcement in the identity of deceased persons; performs related work as assigned. 

Note: This position works under the direction of the appointed Chief Medical Examiner. 

Typical Duties: 

  • Performs timely postmortem examinations, retaining samples, specimens, and tissues necessary for analysis, examination, and documentation in accordance with applicable laws and standard practices of forensic pathology as available resources allow 
  • Prepares written autopsy reports opining the cause and manner of death 
  • Prepares and maintains records, reports, and other documentation as well as physical evidence 
  • Assists with Request for Proposals (RFP) specifications for outside services and grant proposals in accordance with County policies 
  • Ensures contactor duties compliance 
  • Confers with law enforcement officials and attorneys in criminal and civil cases, and provides expert testimony 
  • Visits the scene of death or discovery of remains to provide professional assistance, if requested 
  • Ensures proper handling of organs, tissues, bodies, items found on or around bodies, and collections of unclaimed bodies, in accordance with legal requirements 
  • Assists with the preparation and administration of the operational budget 
  • Participates in county and state fatality review panels and mass fatality planning 11. Supervises staff


Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Valid license to practice medicine in the state of Arizona at the time of appointment. 
  • Certification in anatomic pathology by the American Board of Pathology (ABP). 
  • Certification in forensic pathology by the ABP. If eligible at the time of appointment, FP certification to be completed within two years of hire. 
  • Maintenance of certification of time-limited certificates must be continued throughout employment. 
  • Valid Arizona driver’s license.


$200,000 - $230,000 depending on qualifications

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