Deputy Medical Examiner I-22415807

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The County of San Diego Medical Examiner’s Department is currently recruiting for Deputy Medical Examiners

Apply Today for an exciting career with an award winning agency! 


Board certification in Forensic Pathology is not required for this classification but incumbents should have plans to eventually obtain Board certification.  If you have Board certification in a related non-forensic subspecialty (i.e. Neuropathology, Cardiac Pathology, Pediatric Pathology, etc.) you are encouraged to apply.  


Deputy Medical Examiners determine cause of death for the deceased in custody of the Medical Examiner.  Deputy Medical Examiner I is the entry level class to this series.  Incumbents visit scenes of death; conduct post mortem examinations to determine the probable cause of death; testify and provide medical evidence at grand jury and court trials; perform microscopic tissue examinations; prepare reports of findings; and perform related work.

***Effective September 9, 2022, this hard to recruit position qualifies for the Employee Referral Reward Program. If a current County of San Diego employee referred you to apply for this position, please indicate the employee’s name on your job application in the space provided.***

  1. A valid license to practice medicine in the State of California is required at the time of appointment (State of California Business and Professions Code 2135); AND,
  2. Board certification in Forensic Pathology must be maintained during course of employment; AND,
  3. Board certified in Anatomic Pathology; AND,
  4. Are in a Forensic Pathology Fellowship; OR,
  5. Have completed a Forensic Pathology Fellowship.

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 Additional Compensation Information:

  • Base annual salary = $213,012.80
  • Average standby hours per year (66) at $102.41 per hour
  • Employer paid contribution to health care costs per year:

              $9,024 for Employee Only
              $13,716 for Employee + 1 Dependent
              $19,956 for Employee + 2 or More Dependents

*Once board certified, promotional opportunity may be available into the Deputy Medical Examiner II at the base annual salary of $235,331.20.

Beginning July 1, 2022, the Department of Human Resources will remove personally identifiable information from all new recruitments.  This practice, called Blind Applicant Screening, will hide a candidate’s personal information that could influence or bias a hiring decision. Personal information includes name, phone number, address, gender, age and race. This process will help contribute to a fair and equitable selection process leading to a more diverse and inclusive workforce.

The most highly qualified candidates, based on the evaluation results, will be referred for an interview.  Be sure to include your experience in meeting the minimum requirements in both the Work Experience section and the Supplemental Questionnaire section of the Application. 
Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the application Work History and/or supplemental questionnaire.


As part of the County of San Diego’s pre-employment process, prospective candidates will undergo a background check (including fingerprinting) and a pre-employment medical screening prior to beginning County employment. Additional types of background investigations may be conducted based on the job-related activities of the position.


In addition, the department desires candidates that can communicate effectively, is a knowledge worker, is customer focused, values and respects others, is driven to excel, enjoys teamwork and collaboration, desires and values continuous learning, demonstrates ethical behavior, and is supportive of change.
The names of qualified candidates will be placed on a twelve (12) month employment list based on scores received during the evaluation of information contained in their employment application and supplemental questionnaire.  Please ensure all information is complete and accurate as the responses you provide on the supplemental application form will be reviewed using an automated evaluation system.  If you are successful in the initial screening process your application will be reviewed individually to confirm that the information you provided is accurate and qualifying.
Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable a qualified individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions of a job, on a case-by-case basis.
 The County of San Diego and its employees embrace the vision of: a just, sustainable, and resilient future for all. Our values include: integrity, equity, access, belonging, excellence, and sustainability. Each of which are infused throughout our operations. While also embracing a mission of strengthening our communities with innovative, inclusive, and data driven services through a skilled and supported workforce. Click here for more information on our Strategic Plan ( as well as our commitment to serve everyone, to build a Framework for the Future that will create a County that works for all. 

Under California Government Code Sections 3100 – 3109, public employees are designated as disaster service workers. The term “public employees” includes all persons employed by the state or any county, city, state agency, or public district. Disaster service workers are required to participate in such disaster service activities as may be assigned to them by their employer or by law.

The County of San Diego is committed to valuing diversity and practicing inclusion because our diverse workforce is our greatest asset and our customers are our number one priority.

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