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(a) The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. There shall be an Office of the Chief Medical Examiner that shall carry out the functions and duties set forth in California Government Code Sections 27460 et seq., as may be amended from time to time, as well as any other functions assigned to the Office by State law, by ordinance, or by the City Administrator provided that those duties are consistent with the Office’s duties under State law and are otherwise permitted under local law.
(b) Appointment and Removal of Chief Medical Examiner and Executive Director. The City Administrator, with the concurrence of the Mayor, shall appoint and may remove a Chief Medical Examiner who shall meet the qualifications for Chief Medical Examiner as provided by State law. The City Administrator also shall appoint and may remove an Executive Director. The Executive Director shall not be required to meet the qualifications of a Chief Medical Examiner.
(c) Duties and Functions of the Chief Medical Examiner and Executive Director. The Chief Medical Examiner shall appoint and supervise the work and performance of all assistant or deputy medical examiners in the Office, and shall be responsible for making all final decisions assigned to a medical examiner or coroner under California Government Code Sections 27460 et seq., as may be amended from time to time. In all other respects, the Executive Director shall serve as department head and appointing officer for the Office, and shall be responsible for administrative supervision of all employees of the Office including the Chief Medical Examiner. The Executive Director shall appoint all employees in the Office, except the positions of assistant or deputy medical examiner. The City Administrator may assign additional duties to the Executive Director as the City Administrator deems appropriate.
(d) Whenever the position of Executive Director is vacant, the City Administrator shall assign an employee in the Office or in the General Services Agency to assume the duties and responsibilities of the Executive Director set forth in this Section 2A.250 on an interim basis until the City Administrator appoints an Executive Director.
(e) The Office shall include such other officers and employees as are authorized pursuant to the budgetary and fiscal provisions of the Charter.
(Added by Ord. 206-04, File No. 040760, App. 8/5/2004; amended by Ord. 131-05, File No. 050497, App. 6/30/2005; Ord. 55-21, File No. 210140, App. 4/23/2021, Eff. 5/24/2021)