District Medical Examiner, Monroe County (District 16)

Position of the Medical Examiner for District 16 (Monroe County), Florida Keys:

This position is responsible for performing the duties of the Medical Examiner for Florida District 16 (Monroe County), in The Florida Keys.

Minimum Education and/or Experience:
A Florida-licensed physician (M.D. or D.O.) and experienced practitioner of pathology who possesses qualifications to take the examination or already possesses the primary certification offered by The American Board of Pathology, American Osteopathic Board of Pathology, or equal qualification rendered by a non-United States medical specialty certifying agency.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Knowledge of principles and practices of forensic pathology, laws, rules and regulations governing forensic services in Florida. Ability to run the Office of the Medical Examiner; communicate effectively orally and in writing; establish and maintain positive working relationships with members of law enforcement agencies; ability to testify effectively as an expert witness.

Working Conditions:
The Office of the Medical Examiner is located at 56639 Overseas Highway, Marathon Shores, Florida. The Medical Examiner performed 207 death investigations in 2015. Current staffing includes a pathologist, two forensic investigators, morgue technician, and a secretary.

Duties as a Public Official:
Florida’s district medical examiners are public officers of the State and are subject to the provisions of the Code of Ethics for Public Officers and Employees, Chapter 112, Part III, Florida Statutes. District medical examiners are also bound by provisions in Chapter 406, Florida Statutes, and Rule 11G, Florida Administrative Code. Essential Job Tasks: Performs autopsies to determine the cause and manner of death. Reviews items related to autopsies such as hospital charts, medicolegal death investigator reports, law enforcement agency reports and postmortem results. Investigates unnatural deaths by performing scene investigations, gathering information and responding to hospitals. Serves as an expert witness in depositions, grand jury sessions, trials and conferences with attorneys. Provides expert witness capabilities for all forensic criminal and civil actions associated with cases investigated and any other forensic needs within the 16th Judicial Circuit. Participates in conferences with a family member, law enforcement, attorneys and other individuals to provide information on investigations and autopsies. Trains personnel such as forensic technicians, investigators, photographers, and other personnel assisting in their autopsies. Provide assistance and guidance to the organ donor centers. Participate in regional disaster preparedness. Assist the counties with indigent and unclaimed bodies. The Medical Examiner conducts all activities of the Office of the Medical Examiner and supervises its employees under contract with Monroe County, FL.

Selection Procedure:
Section 406.06, Florida Statutes, provides for the appointment of district medical examiners in the State of Florida. A district medical examiner shall be appointed by the Governor of the State of Florida. Nominations are submitted to the Governor by the Medical Examiners Commission. Rule 11G, Florida Administrative Code, provides additional guidelines relating to the appointment of the Medical Examiner. The Chairman of the Medical Examiners Commission has called for the establishment of the District Candidate Search Committee, which is responsible for completing the interview process and candidate selection. The District Candidate Search Committee is responsible for recommending a candidate(s) to the Medical Examiners Commission. Upon selection, the candidate shall negotiate and execute a contract with the Board of County Commissioners of Monroe County, Florida as the Medical Examiner for District 16.

The Medical Examiner operates as an independent contractor under written contract with Monroe County, FL.

Contact Person:
Please submit resume to District 16 Candidate Search Committee, c/o Honorable Dennis Ward, State Attorney, 16th Judicial Circuit of Florida, Suite 301, 530 Whitehead Street, Key West, FL 33040; phone 305-292-3400 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Application

Filing Date:
Applications to be received by June 30, 2017