Assistant Medical Examiner

Milwaukee, WI, USA Req #32
Sunday, May 29, 2022

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Medical Examiner’s Office

Annual Salary Range:  $188,330 - $286,138
Posting will remain open until position is filled 

Job Summary:  The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office is charged with investigating and determining the cause and manner in each case of sudden, unexpected, or unusual death. Under the directions of the Medical Examiner, the Assistant Medical Examiner will provide timely, accurate, and legally defensible determination of the cause and manner of death. This position will also enhance the public health and safety through reducing the incidence of preventable deaths.


Job Responsibilities

  • Perform medico-legal autopsies in a timely manner
  • After reviewing autopsy findings and case histories for completeness and assigning or pursuing additional investigative work, assign cause and manner of death, sign death certificates.
  • Order and interpret special laboratory tests, including toxicology analyses, microbiology and serology, radiology, or other tests to determine cause and manner of death.
  • Provide court testimony regarding autopsy and investigative findings, act as expert witness in injury/disease.
  • Generate timely written and photographic documentation in support of medical and investigative procedures and findings.
  • Provide formal and informal lectures to medical students, college students and staff, including in-service presentations and community presentations.
  • This position provides informal supervision and direction of Medical Examiner staff when investigating cause and or manner of death.
  • Perform additional duties, including maintaining archives and other projects.


Minimum Qualifications:  

  • Must be authorized to work in the United States and willing to relocate to Wisconsin within six months of hire date
  • Have a valid Driver's License which can be maintained throughout employment
  • Possess a Wisconsin Medical License (MD) AND be Board Certified by the American Board of Forensic Pathology are both required
  • At least five (5) years working as a Pathology Residency AND completed at least a one (1) year fellowship in Forensic Pathology is required
  • Ability to lift/carry up to 50lbs AND push/pull up to 100lbs on a frequent basis; as well as 400lbs with assistance when needed
  • Note:  Position requires a criminal background check; felony and some misdemeanor convictions would be a barrier to employment

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:  Knowledge of criminal and/or civil investigative procedures; knowledge of the methods, principles and practices of human anatomy and physiology, and medical and legal terminology; knowledge of basic photography methods; skill in the use of computer word processing applications; interviewing and report writing skills; oral and written communication skills; ability to handle cadavers; ability to lift and transfer bodies; ability to hear and see to perform work safely; ability to stand, sit or move for long periods of time; ability to perform physically demanding investigations; ability to communicate with law enforcement personnel, fire department personnel, health care providers, families, funeral directors, and the general public; and ability to work effectively and harmoniously with others.

Note: This original examination is open to anyone authorized to work in the United States. Appointee must establish residency within the confines of the State of Wisconsin within six months of appointment and maintain such residency during incumbency. In accordance with Section 11, Rule 3 of the Civil Service Rules a non-competitive examination will be held for this position. The non-competitive examination will consist of criteria deemed appropriate by the Director of Human Resources to rank applicants on the eligible list for this position. 


Milwaukee County is committed to fostering an equitable working environment, free from discrimination and harassment, on the basis of any characteristic protected by law. We prohibit any form of discrimination, harassment based on race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, pregnancy related condition, national origin, age, disability, FMLA status, sexual orientation, military status, marital status, or any other category or status that is now or in the future protected by federal, state, and local law. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing, background checks and pre-employment physicals subject to job requirements. If special accommodations are needed, please contact 414-278-3936.

Effective October 1, 2021, Milwaukee County will require all employees to have completed COVID-19 vaccinations and provide proof of vaccination or have submitted a completed medical or religious exemption and accommodation request. All persons offered a position will be required to provide proof of completed COVID-19 vaccination at time of hire or have submitted a completed medical or religious exemption and accommodation request and been approved for an accommodation prior to hire.

Other details

  • Job Family 3 - Public Welfare
  • Job Function 1 Officials and Administrators
  • Pay Type Salary
  • Required Education Doctorate
Location on Google Maps
  • Milwaukee, WI, USA