Deputy Medical Examiner I-23415808

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The County of San Diego Medical Examiner’s Department is currently recruiting for Deputy Medical Examiners.
Deputy Medical Examiners determine the cause of death for the deceased in the custody of the Medical Examiner.  Deputy Medical Examiner I is the entry-level class in this series.  Incumbents visit scenes of death; conduct post-mortem examinations to determine the probable cause of death; testify and provide medical evidence at the grand jury and court trials; perform microscopic tissue examinations; prepare reports of findings, and perform related work.
 If you have Board certification in a related non-forensic subspecialty (i.e., Neuropathology, Cardiac Pathology, Pediatric Pathology, etc.) you are encouraged to apply.  
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Future Increases:
** July 2024 – 12.48% increase to base pay (2.75% Across-the-Board + 9.73% Market Increase)

The timeline for this recruitment is outlined below.

  • Job Offer and Background Process begins: Shortly after the interviews. Note: Current County employees may be excluded from additional background screening. 
  • Pre-employment Medical Screening: Approximately 3 days following successful background investigation results.
  • Anticipated Start Date: Start date will be based upon successful completion of medical screening or other mutually agreed upon date.

If you are not selected for this interview process, you may have the opportunity to compete for future vacancies.


  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. Must obtain board certification in Forensic Pathology within one year of hire; AND
      3. Board certified in Anatomic Pathology; AND,
      4. Are in a Forensic Pathology Fellowship; OR,
      5. Have completed a Forensic Pathology Fellowship.

(Click here for a complete job description.)

 Additional Compensation Information:

  • Base annual salary = $239,595.20
  • Average standby hours per year (66) at $115.19 per hour
  • Employer-paid contribution to health care costs per year:

              $9,480 for Employee Only
              $14,40  for Employee + 1 Dependent
              $20,952  for Employee + 2 or More Dependents

*Once board certified, the promotional opportunity may be available for the Deputy Medical Examiner II at the base annual salary of $253,656.00.

Employee Referral Program:

 ***Effective September 9, 2022, hard-to-recruit positions qualify 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.***

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. Current County employees may be excluded from this process.


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.

As an employer of over 19,000 employees, the County of San Diego is an organization committed to veteran hiring, retention, and professional development. We recognize the contributions and sacrifices made by our veterans and value the unique expertise and leadership qualities they bring to our workforce. We strive to provide veterans with the resources and tools necessary to maximize their employment opportunities, and to assist veterans with their transition into civilian life by applying the valuable skills, knowledge and training acquired in service to positions and career paths at all levels within our large organization. Click on the resource links below to learn more about how the County of San Diego supports its veterans.


Veteran’s Preference Policy The County of San Diego offers preferential credits for military service to assist qualified applicants in transitioning from military to civilian careers with the County of San Diego.
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