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390.05 MEDICAL EXAMINER OR CORONER STAFF.
The coroner or medical examiner may appoint one or more assistant coroners or assistant
medical examiners, as necessary to fulfill the duties of the office, subject to authorization by the
county board. Such assistants shall have the same qualifications as a coroner or medical examiner.
When the coroner or medical examiner is absent or unable to act, assistants shall have the same
powers and duties and are subject to the same limitations as the coroner or medical examiner.
The assistants shall be appointed in writing, shall take an oath that shall be recorded and filed
with the county recorder, and shall be included in the county bond. The assistant shall act by
name as assistant coroner or medical examiner and hold office at the pleasure of the coroner
or medical examiner.
A coroner or medical examiner may appoint one or more investigators, with such
qualifications as the coroner or medical examiner deems appropriate. Such investigators shall
have the powers and duties that are delegated to them by the coroner or medical examiner. Unless
they are public employees of that county, investigators shall be appointed in writing and take an
oath, shall be included in the county bond, and the oath and appointment shall be recorded and
filed with the county recorder. Subject to authorization of the county board, assistants may be
appointed to the unclassified service and investigators to the classified service of the county.
History: RL s 598; 1945 c 144 s 1; 1976 c 181 s 2; 1985 c 265 art 7 s 1; 1986 c 444; 1991 c
326 s 21; 2005 c 4 s 96; 2006 c 260 art 8 s 7