The Clark County Coroner's Office is responsible for conducting medicolegal death investigations. The initial report is the responsibility of the Coroner Investigator. Currently there are two Coroner Investigative Forensic Supervisors, 16 full-time Coroner Investigators and five part-time Investigat​ors that respond throughout the Las Vegas valley. There are also three part-time Investigators that handle the southern portion of Clark County, which encompasses the Laughlin and Searchlight areas, and three part-time Investigators that handle the northern County region, which encompasses the Mesquite, Overton and Logandale areas, with assistance from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
Coroner Investigators work closely with the forensic pathologists to determine jurisdiction on deaths that are reported to the Coroner's Office. They are responsible for g​athering as much medical history and information as possible for each case, as well as being the initial point of contact for family members. Coroner Investigators also play a key role in the identification of decedents, working with law enforcement agencies and medical professionals to locate fingerprints and x-rays for comparison with unidentified individuals.


The Forensic Division is comprised of five full-time Medical Examiners and additional Locum Tenens, all of whom are forensic pathologists, two Forensic Investigative Supervisors, one Senior Forensic Pathology Technician, four full-time Forensic Pathology Techs, six part-time Forensic Pathology Techs, three full-time Forensic Assistants and three part-time Forensic Assistants. Each day a forensic team of two to three forensic pathologists and three to four Forensic Pathology Techs examine cases from the previous 24 hours.
Our forensic team evaluates and examines an average of 10 to 15 cases per day. All cases are examined, but not all are autopsied. Decisions to autopsy are based on all pertinent information surrounding the case, Nevada Revised Statutes and County ordinances. Forensic pathologists evaluate information gathered by our Coroner Investigators and determine what cases will be autopsied. Forensic staff members take x-rays and fingerprints for every case, if viable. For the majority of cases, this entire process will be completed in one day. 

The current Administration Department is comprised of one Office Services Supervisor, four full-time Office Specialists and seven part-time Office Assistants. Administration personnel are responsible for assisting the family of decedents and members of the general public by answering questions and disclosing as much information as office policy allows. Bridging the Administration and Forensic Divisions are one full time and three part-time Forensic Medical Transcriptionists. These individuals transcribe all exam tapes that are dictated by the Medical Examiners.​​​
​ ​Case file and report management also falls under the purview of Administration staff. All case files are retained pursuant to a record retention requirement. When that time period has been met, records are electronically scanned and hard copies are destroyed. Electronic copies are maintained indefinitely. The administration property custodian inventories any personal effects impounded from a scene or a decedent and delivers them to the legal next of kin once they are cleared for release. Once the cause and manner of death of an individual have been determined, an administrative staff member completes the death certificate and sends it to the Office of Vital Statistics for registration and dissemination.​​ ​


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