Under the administrative, legal and medical supervision and direction of the Chief Medical Examiner, incumbents in this class perform difficult and specialized professional medical work in the field of forensic medicine, which requires advanced and specialized education, training and experience. Incumbents in this class serve as an Assistant Medical Examiner in accordance with state law.
The duties of the class involve the evaluation of injuries and evidence in the living and the medico-legal investigation of death. As such, the Assistant Medical Examiner is distinguished from other medical specialties by the required specific training and experience and board certification in the subspecialty of forensic pathology. This class is distinguished from class 2584 Chief Medical Examiner in that the latter class is designated by the State of California as the legal authority for medico-legal investigations in the county and is responsible for directing the activities of the department.