Death investigators to be hired under new medical examiner system


ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. (WKTV) - Oneida County is moving from its current elected coroner system to a Medical Examiner system, and when that change takes place, they will be hiring four qualified death investigators locally.

Those who who apply will technically be employees of Onondaga County who will be running the medical examiner's office under contract with Oneida County. However, they will be Oneida County death investigators, investigating deaths locally.

Officials prefer that people from Oneida County apply for the positions, in part because of geography and time requirements. The person in the position has to be able to respond to a death scene within 45 minutes. They will paid per case, not a salaried retainer.

Doctors would be qualified, but with day-to-day patients to see, Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente hopes others from the medical field will apply.

"I would probably expect more on the EMT end, nurse practitioner or nurse side of experience level or other professionals who've had experience based on the qualifications that are listed," Picente said.

Anyone interested in applying should contact Catherine Unger of the Onondaga County Medical Examiner's Office at or by phone at 315-435-3163.

At that e-mail and number, interested applicants can learn more about how to submit proposals to transport the deceased in the case of death investigations.

There is three-day training for the death investigators and the goal is to have the hires in place and new system up and running by the first of the year.

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