Position Summary

Position is responsible for providing morgue liaison specialist and investigation activities for law enforcement agencies throughout the City of Indianapolis and Marion County. Assists the forensic pathologist at medicolegal autopsies in the collection of evidentiary material; photographs the autopsy; finger prints the body. Assists in developing and/or implementing forensic and morgue liaison programs; confers with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to coordinate work activities at the morgue and/or in the laboratory. Provides preliminary analysis of acquired or assigned evidence, to include testimony as an expert in court. Ensures that the total work product meets all appropriate scientific, legal and accreditation requirements. Trains new employees as assigned.

Position Responsibilities

Responsible for forensic support in the identification, preservation and collection of forensic evidence at autopsies, provides a wide variety of morgue liaison and laboratory activities, which involve assisting the forensic pathologist with complex medicolegal autopsies involving homicides, suicides, vehicle crash fatalities, drowning, etc. The assistance provided includes finger print collection, DNA collection/swabbing, and collection of evidence obtained during the autopsy, such as spent bullets and fingernail scrapings.

Responsible for completing law enforcement agency requests for the duplication of videos of evidentiary value.

Responsible for the collection, processing, and accountability for sexual assault collection kits from local area hospitals, when the Forensic Laboratory Technician is unavailable.

Ensures that appropriate quality assurance and quality control methodologies are employed throughout their section of the laboratory and/or work area, should there be multiple workstations.

Provides expert testimony in court.

Assists the Unit Supervisor with the evaluation of uploaded and duplicate crime scene videos of evidentiary value to ensure they meet laboratory quality standards in preparation for trial.

Assists the Unit Supervisor to develop, implement, and provide technical guidance to all employees within the laboratory to insure QA/QC.

Implements newly developed technologies as it pertains to the position.

Recommends modification of practices as required for the operation of the unit.

Reviews statistical data and ensure compliance with appropriate scientific, legal and government regulations.

Serves as a liaison between I-MCFSA and local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to ensure that scientific and administrative support is provided.

Assists in conducting training, as directed, for agencies, to include basic evidence technician, crime scene, forensic illustration, and standing autopsies at the Marion County Coroner’s Office.

Attends seminars, meetings and conferences to incorporate new developments into laboratory case work.

Presents results of laboratory training/research at conferences and/or publish results in scientific journals.

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

Baccalaureate degree in Biology, Chemistry, or Forensic Science is required. A degree in Criminal Justice with science courses may be considered. Five (5) years in crime scene processing or autopsy evidence processing experience may be used as a degree equivalent. Five (5) years of law enforcement experience with graduation from a state law enforcement academy may also be used as a degree equivalent. Incumbent must be willing and capable of completing external training as it relates to the position, as offered by Federal, State and Local agencies.

Independent Judgment

Incumbent must exercise independent judgment in the performance of their duties and receive minimal supervision. Independent judgement must be exercised with assessing the collection of forensic evidence of the autopsies, and in the course of performing one’s duties. Errors in judgment could create significant legal liability for the City of Indianapolis and Marion County.

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.

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