Chief Medical Examiner

Board of County Commissioners - District 23, St. John's County, FL, US


The Chief Medical Examiner for the District Twenty Three Medical Examiner’s Office develops and implements policies and procedures for a countywide forensic medical program as mandated by Florida State Statutes, Chapter 406. 

District Twenty Three includes St. Johns, Flagler and Putnam counties with a total estimated population of 500,000.  Over the past six years, the Office averaged 260 autopsies and is NAME accredited.  Funding supports the salary and benefits of additional staff to include an Associate Medical Examiner, support staff of administrative professionals, investigators, and technicians. 

The Chief Medical Examiner performs autopsies, external examinations and record reviews to determine cause and manner of death, pursuant to Florida State Statutes, testifies as an expert witness in court, prepares autopsy reports and interprets histology slides and toxicology reports, provides training to assigned personnel, and provides educational opportunities for students, law enforcement, and the general community.


Medical Examiner candidates should possess the following education, experience, and preferred traits, knowledge, skills, abilities: 

  • Graduation from an approved school of medicine and possession of a current license to practice medicine in the State of Florida as required by the Florida Department of Professional Regulation. 
  • Completion of approved residency in pathology and fellowship in forensic pathology. 
  • Possession of certification by the American Board of Pathology in both Anatomic and Forensic Pathology.  
  • 3-5 years’ experience with knowledge of state and federal laws regarding the performance and reporting of autopsies. Compassionate, trustworthy, and above reproach.
  • Skill in planning, organizing, directing and coordinating the work of personnel.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the principles of pathology and court protocols for forensic examiner testimony.
  • Detail oriented with excellent writing and public speaking skills.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with County and Court officials, employees, and the public.


  • Annual Salary: $320,000
  • Employee and Dependent Health
  • Insurance Employee Life Insurance and AD&D 
  • Long Term Disability 
  • Medical and Dependent Flex Spending
  • Accounts Voluntary and Dependent Life
  • Insurance Employee Wellness Programs 
  • Participation in the Florida Retirement System
  • Optional Deferred Compensation 457(b)  
  • 20 vacation days and 12 sick days
  • 12 paid holidays, plus birthday 

How to apply


The St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners, Florida, is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All employment actions are taken without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, handicap, disability, marital status, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information.