Position Summary

The purpose and mission of the Marion County Coroner’s agency is to investigate and determine a person’s cause and manner of death, particularly in cases when the individual died under unusual circumstances. The office consoles families, advocates for the deceased, and gives information to police and courts to prosecute suspected criminals. The agency strives to cultivate a productive, collaborative, and compliant work environment in order for our workforce to meet the needs of the citizens of Indianapolis and Marion County.

This position is responsible for providing crime scene and investigation activities for intentional and non-intentional deaths, homicides, suicides, accidents, natural deaths on-site or at the hospital for public safety agencies throughout Marion County. Assists in the development and implementation of crime scenes, and confers with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to coordinate work activities. Provides preliminary data and information from death investigations. Ensures the total work output meets all appropriate scientific, legal and accreditation requirements. This position must exercise independent judgment in the performance of their duties and receives minimal supervision. Judgment is exercised in assessing death scenes and in the course of performing the duties. Errors in judgment could create significant legal liability for the city and county of Indianapolis. Position reports to the Sr. Deputy Coroner.

All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status. We value diversity in perspectives and experiences among colleagues and the residents of this city of whom we serve.

Position Responsibilities

  • Responsible for forensic support in identification, preservation, and collection for forensic evidence at death investigation crime scenes
  • Provides a variety of death investigation activities involving homicides, suicides, to include DNA collection/swabbing, fingerprinting and other death procedures
  • Ensures appropriate quality assurance and quality control methodologies are conducted throughout death investigation per N.A.M.E (National Association of Medical Examiner) guidelines
  • Reviews statistical data and ensures compliance with appropriate scientific, legal and government regulations
  • Serves as liaison between MCCO and local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies
  • Makes determination if new case is a scene consult or phone consult.
  • Provides testimony in legal proceedings
  • COVID deaths are coded for full autopsy and are referred to the hospital.
  • Conducts identification and notification of families. Coordinates with chaplains if not local and telephonically as last resort
  • Conducts case management
  • Make notations in CRM database and check case notes for updates
  • Follows up with doctor to sign death certificates
  • Checks mail for autopsy reports and enter manner and cause of death
  • Reviews toxicology reports, collect specimens to be sent out
  • Collects property from Pathology and contact next of kin
  • Inventories all property
  • Collects pills only
  • Conducts research to identify unclaimed decedents through social media resources, True people search, CLEAR database, and Pour House for the homeless population
  • Enters all demographic information into database to start file
  • Prints photos, medical records, police reports, EMS reports, fingerprints, etc. for file
  • Maintains confidentiality at all times
  • This list of duties and responsibilities is not intended to be all-inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties or responsibilities that management may deem necessary from time to time

Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Forensic Science, or a related field with five (5) or more years of relevant work experience in crime scene or death investigations. Must be able to obtain Indiana State Coroner Medicolegal Training certificate within one (1) year of hire and complete 16-hours of training every two (2) years thereafter. Must have a valid driver’s license. Emotional intelligence and empathy is a must. Knowledge of death investigation scenes and the laws that govern it. The ability to communicate with diverse backgrounds. Must be able to prioritize multiple projects simultaneously. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and written. Excellent reasoning and analytical skills and detail oriented. Knowledge and use of Microsoft Office. Excellent verbal and communications skills.

Preferred Job Requirements and Qualifications

Master’s Degree in Biology, Forensic Science, or a related field with three (3) or more years of relevant work experience in crime scene or death investigations. Must be able to obtain Indiana State Coroner Medicolegal Training certificate within one (1) year of hire and complete 16-hours of training every two (2) years thereafter. Must have a valid driver’s license. Emotional intelligence and empathy is a must. Knowledge of death investigation scenes and the laws that govern it. The ability to communicate with diverse backgrounds. Must be able to prioritize multiple projects simultaneously. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and written. Excellent reasoning and analytical skills and detail oriented. Knowledge and use of Microsoft Office. Excellent verbal and communications skills.

All rates are bi-weekly.

Anthem CDHP High

Single: $32.39 EE + Spouse: $77.23 EE + Child(ren): $56.38 Family: $104.61

Anthem CDHP Medium

Single: $49.48 EE + Spouse: $117.99 EE + Child(ren): $86.13 Family: $159.83

Anthem CDHP Low

Single: $65.75 EE + Spouse: $156.79 EE + Child(ren): $114.45 Family: $212.39

Delta Dental High

Single: $13.90 EE + Spouse: $29.59 EE + Child(ren): $33.15 Family: $52.66

Delta Dental Low

Single: $8.02 EE + Spouse: $15.94 EE + Child(ren): $21.57 Family: $33.15

ANTHEM Vision Plan

Single: $2.85 EE + Spouse: $5.16 EE + Child(ren): $5.53 Family: $8.38

Life Insurance Employee Only (rates per $1,000 per month):

Basic: No Cost

Optional Life Insurance Employee Only (rates per $1,000 per month)

Additional:

25-29 $0.053

30-34 $0.075

35-39 $0.090

40-44 $0.120

45-49 $0.203

50-54 $0.330

55-59 $0.545

60-64 $0.723

65-69 $1.208

70 + $1.867

IMPORTANT PERF UPDATE:

*For more information on eligibility options, refer to Proposal 21-288 https://bit.ly/3exq8yR

1. All employees hired/rehired after to 1/1/2022 have a choice to select the PERF Hybrid plan (3% + Pension) or the INPRS My Choice: Retirement Savings plan (3% + 1% Contribution). The Hybrid plan consists of two components:

Annuity Savings Account (ASA) -This consists of the mandatory employee contribution of three (3%) percent of compensation (made for the employee by the City), plus interest credits or earnings. You’re always vested in your ASA portion – it’s always yours.

Pension – The pension portion of the retirement benefit is funded by contributions made by the employer over the course of the employee’s career and separate from the annuity savings account. Employees enrolled in the PERF Hybrid plan are eligible for retirement benefits at age sixty-five (65) if they have ten (10) or more years of creditable service. After June 30, 1995, employees may retire at age sixty (60) with at least fifteen (15) years of credible service or if the member’s age in years plus the years of credible service equals at least 85 and the member is at least fifty-five (55) years of age. With fifteen (15) or more years of creditable service, the employee may retire as early as age fifty (50) with a reduced pension.

2. Employees hired/rehired by the City and County between 1/1/2017 and 12/31/2021 will be automatically enrolled in the PERF My Choice: Retirement Savings plan. This plan is an annuity savings account (ASA) only plan and does not have a pension component. Any service that an employee has in the My Choice: Retirement Savings Plan will not count toward the service time requirements for pension eligibility in the Hybrid Plan.

With the PERF My Choice: Retirement Savings Plan, the ASA is split up into two parts:

Part one – This consists of the mandatory employee contribution of three (3%) percent of compensation (made for the employee by the City), plus interest credits or earnings. You’re always vested in your ASA portion – it’s always yours.

Part two – This consists of an additional variable rate contribution paid by the City toward your ASA. This variable rate contribution is currently 1% of your gross wages. Vesting in the value of the variable rate employer contribution will vary by length of participation. You are:

  • 20 percent vested after 1 full year of participation
  • 40 percent vested after 2 full years of participation
  • 60 percent vested after 3 full years of participation
  • 80 percent vested after 4 full years of participation
  • 100 percent vested after 5 full years of participation

3. All employees hired/rehired prior to 1/1/2017 are grandfathered into PERF Hybrid plan. The Hybrid plan consists of two components:

Annuity Savings Account (ASA) -This consists of the mandatory employee contribution of three (3%) percent of compensation (made for the employee by the City), plus interest credits or earnings. You’re always vested in your ASA portion – it’s always yours.

Pension – The pension portion of the retirement benefit is funded by contributions made by the employer over the course of the employee’s career and separate from the annuity savings account. Employees enrolled in the PERF Hybrid plan are eligible for retirement benefits at age sixty-five (65) if they have ten (10) or more years of creditable service. After June 30, 1995, employees may retire at age sixty (60) with at least fifteen (15) years of credible service or if the member’s age in years plus the years of credible service equals at least 85 and the member is at least fifty-five (55) years of age. With fifteen (15) or more years of creditable service, the employee may retire as early as age fifty (50) with a reduced pension.

4. City Employees hired/rehired between 1/1/2017 and 12/31/21 that are members of the City AFSCME labor union can choose to enroll in either the PERF My Choice: Retirement Savings plan or the PERF Hybrid plan. Both plans are described above. Employees have 60 days to choose which option they want, and by state law this cannot be changed. If no choice is made, the employee will then be automatically added to the PERF My Choice: Retirement Savings plan.

The Indiana General Assembly has enacted a provision that allows public employees to make voluntary contributions in addition to the mandatory three percent (3%) contributions. Employees may contribute up to an additional ten- percent (10%) of their compensation per pay period to the annuity savings account. This means that the maximum level of contributions to the annuity savings account under this new provision is thirteen percent (13%) of an employee’s compensation per pay period.

Employees who separate from the city within their first ten (10) years of employment need to contact INPRS – PERF regarding their ASA account.

Questions relating to PERF may be directed to INPRS – PERF at:

Indiana Public Retirement System

Public Employees’ Retirement Fund

One North Capitol, Suite 001

Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

(888) 236-3544

City of Indianapolis and Marion County

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