Coroner Division Chief

Under direction of the Kern County Sheriff, directs the operations of the Coroner Division which consists of the Public Administrator and Coroner Investigator Units.

Directs, plans, organizes and supervises the Public Administrator and Coroner Investigator Units; inclusive of morgue operations.

Assists in the preparation, submission and management of divisional budget and the negotiations and procurement of contracts and memorandums of understanding for services.
Supervises investigations of deaths and assigns cases to investigators; occasionally conducts more complex investigations; serves as back-up to investigators.

Determines if the Coroner has jurisdiction in questionable cases and decides appropriate investigative procedures.

Ensures proper notification of next-of-kin; supervises the release of bodies to mortuaries and interfaces with funeral home personnel.

Conducts or causes inquest to be conducted; reviews investigator reports for completeness and accuracy; testifies in court as required.

Maintains appropriate records; compiles statistical data; provides information to law enforcement and other agencies, news media and the public; Receives, secures and disposes of personal property and evidence related to Public Administrator cases.

Conducts Coroner Division staff meetings.

Acts as liaison to other agencies and the public concerning the Coroner Division.

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Examination Schedule:
Appraisal (100%): Will be conducted for the purpose of evaluating the applicant’s training, education, experience, interest and personal fitness for the position. Appraisal can be based on any of the following: investigation, oral examination and/or review of application.

Applicants must attain at least a 70% score on each phase of the examination process.

A Bachelor’s Degree in administration of justice, public administration, criminalistics, forensic science, biological or physical science, chemistry or in a related field and two (2) years supervisory experience in a coroner/public administrator environment or a public agency working with death investigations.


Any combination of education from an accredited college or university with course work in public administration, administration of justice or related field and experience in a coroner/public administrator environment or a public agency working with death investigations equivalent to six (6) years which must include (2) years supervisory experience.

Completion of a certified Penal Code 832 course in arrest and firearms and a valid California Driver’s License are required at the time of employment.

  • $55.35 – $66.15 Hourly
  • $4,427.95 – $5,291.81 Biweekly
  • $9,593.89 – $11,465.59 Monthly

Benefits include but are not limited to:

  • Paid Holiday Leave: 12 set days (per calendar year)
  • 3 Days of Paid Winter Recess Leave
  • Up to 80 Hours of Paid Time Off Per Year
  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Deferred compensation

Coroner Division Chief

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