About the Medical Examiner's Office
The Spokane County Medical Examiner's Office employs a total of 9 full time employees which include 2 Medical Examiners, 1 Chief Autopsy Assistant, 1, part time Autopsy Assistant, 1 Office Manager, 3 Deputy Medical Investigators, 1 Office Assistant IV, and 1 Transcriptionist. There are also a total of 11 part-time Deputy Medical Investigators.
The administrative offices are staffed from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, however investigative staff are available 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.
Spokane County Medical Examiner's Org Chart
Laws Governing the Medical Examiner's Office
Policy and Procedures
A complete list of the Medical Examiner's Office Policies and Procedures 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.
Service Area Map