Deputy Coroner

August 27, 2023
North Charleston, SC
Job Type



The principal function of an employee in this class is to investigate deaths, including violent, suspicious, unexpected and unattended deaths. The principal duties of this class are performed in the field, and an employee may be exposed to health and environmental hazards.

HIRING SALARY RANGE: $64,209 - $84,146 (Estimated Annual Salary)


Duties and Responsibilities

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (Order of Essential Functions does not indicate importance of functions.)

  1. Investigates deaths such as violent, suspicious, unexpected and unattended deaths and death scenes to determine cause and/or manner, and, if necessary, to recommend further medical and law-enforcement investigations and actions.
  2. Responds to scenes, takes photographs, interviews witnesses, performs a preliminary examination of the body, obtains fingerprints, and takes statements and toxicological specimens at death scenes in order to maintain integrity of evidence.
  3. Identifies wounds, including entrances and exits, blunt trauma, sexual assaults, pattern injuries etc.
  4. Identifies the deceased in a timely a manner through photographs, fingerprinting, dental records, and medical records, and through coordination with possible family members, the media, and missing person's networks.
  5. Communicates and coordinates investigations with pathologists on difficult cases where complexities exist to include: dental records, lab tests, evidence, photographs, x-rays, reports and others as indicated.
  6. Disposes of bodies and human remains, including certifying death certificates, giving authorization for cremations, and arranging for burial of unclaimed and unknown remains.
  7. Contacts other agencies such as SLED, works with the AFIS, toxicology, forensic pathologists and/or Medical Examiners, ICE and other agencies in gathering information pertaining to a victim.
  8. Develops reports of crimes, accidents, evidence, statements and the pathologist's findings and provides information to proper law enforcement personnel.

May be designated to report to work during hazardous weather or emergency conditions.
Performs other duties or assumes other responsibilities as apparent or assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Associate Degree from an accredited institution in Criminal Justice or Health Care. Bachelor's Degree preferred.
  2. 1-2 years of experience in medicine or law enforcement; or
  3. Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the work; and
  4. Possession of a valid State Driver's License indicating a clean DMV record.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


  1. Take action in solving problems while exhibiting judgment and a systematic approach to decision making; identify the important dimensions of a problem, determine potential causes, obtain relevant information and specify alternate solutions that result in effectiveness.
  2. Create positive energy in both individuals and groups to build high morale and group commitments to goals and objectives.
  3. Embrace change and actively support all efforts to improve processes, increase cooperation, communication and collaboration between and among co-workers, departments, County officials, officials from other jurisdictions, the business community and the general public.
  4. Respond positively to a work environment that will change day-to-day, requiring quick departure from and re-organization of one's schedule.
  5. Demonstrate sound time-management skills by effectively or efficiently delegating, organizing, prioritizing, and completing multiple assignments on or before the designated deadline.
  6. Safeguard confidential information and use it or disclose it only as expressly authorized or specifically required in the course of performing specific job duties.
  7. Contribute to overall County effectiveness by providing critical staff support to task forces and by participating, as necessary, in assisting all other teams.
  8. Utilize high level of conflict resolution skills with staff, community members, elected officials and all stakeholders.

9. Represent the Department professionally and effectively to the community and Department members.
10. Attentive to the County's standards for customer service, accuracy, quality, efficiency and all County policies and procedures ensuring that all work performed and all staff members meet those standards while exhibiting consistent treatment of all staff.

  1. Employee may be exposed to health and environmental hazards.
  2. Position requires travel within and outside of the County which imposes common travel hazards.
  3. Manual dexterity, with or without reasonable accommodation, to enable the employee to operate tools

continuously, to lift and carry a wide variety of supplies, equipment and bodies.

  1. Standard work hours must be flexible, will include days, evenings, overnights and weekends. May be greater than 40 hours per week, and may be called to report to duty at any time.
  2. Work is performed inside and outside. Exposure to cold, heat and elements of weather and nature may be encountered.

There is no residency requirement for this position.Closing Date/Time:

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