About the Medical Examiner's Office

Staff
The Spokane County Medical Examiner's Office employs a total of 10.5 full time employees which include two Medical Examiners, one Chief Autopsy Assistant, one part-time Autopsy Assistant, one Office Manager, four Deputy Medical Investigators, one Office Assistant IV, and one Office Assistant II. There are also a total of five part-time Deputy Medical Investigators.

The administrative offices are staffed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, however investigative staff are available 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.

View the Spokane County Medical Examiner's Organizational Chart (PDF) for more information.

Laws Governing the Medical Examiner's Office
Below are the State and Federal Laws governing the Medical Examiner's Office:
Policy and Procedures
Medical Examiner's Policies and Procedures that may be of interest to the public are available on the Policies and Procedures Page.

Service Area and Map
The Spokane Medical Examiner's Office is a regional center for performance of forensic autopsies. All staff members are employed by Spokane County, but Coroners and Prosecutor-Coroners in multiple counties in eastern Washington and the Idaho panhandle send decedents to the Spokane County morgue where autopsies are performed. These counties retain the responsibility for identifying their dead, and signing the death certificate. The Spokane Medical Examiner's Office determines cause of death.

Spokane County charges these surrounding jurisdictions for use of the facility and staff time. This referral work adds approximately 150 to 200 autopsies each year to the facility caseload, and generates approximately $200,000 in revenue for the Spokane County general fund.

View the Medical Examiner's Service Area Map (PDF).