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Class Code: 5317
Salary Schedule: Approved Arizona Law Enforcement Merit System Council Salary Schedule
One Salary
Annual / Hourly
Annual salaries are calculations based on approved hourly rates.

Summary Statement: Under general direction, plans, coordinates, directs and evaluates work of personnel assigned to Crime Laboratory Units; provides technical training; recommends and establishes policies and procedures; acts as liaison between the Crime Laboratory and other agencies; prepares scientific and management reports; provides expert testimony in court; acts as the Scientific Analysis Superintendent in the Superintendent's absence; performs related tasks as required.

Essential Functions: (not intended to be all inclusive)

1. Participates in the selection of criminalists and supervisors for the Central Regional Crime Laboratory and manages and evaluates supervisors for the Central Regional Crime Laboratory.

2. Evaluates and requests the fiscal funding of personnel, capital equipment and supplies in order to maintain optimal operational levels for the Central Regional Crime Laboratory.

3. Inspects examination reports and associated analysis notes of criminalists to ensure compliance with quality assurance procedures and laboratory accreditation standards at the Central Regional Crime Laboratory.

4. Assures cross-training and professional development programs for criminalists in order to enhance and expand technical skills at the Central Regional Crime Laboratory.

5. Coordinates research projects to improve methods of analysis.

6. Manages the preparation and maintenance of Central Regional Crime Laboratory reports, files and records.

7. Remains current on scientific advancements in the forensic field through technical publications, presentations and training in order to apply appropriate scientific methodologies.

8. Inspects crime laboratory facilities to ensure compliance with safety and accreditation standards.

9. Serves on scientific and management committees, as necessary.

10. Completes special projects, as assigned.

11. Assists the Scientific Analysis Superintendent in developing strategic plans, budgets and preparation of policies and procedures for the laboratory system.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Required: Knowledge of:

1. the principles and practices of supervision and management.

2. computerized case management and tracking systems.

3. chemistry or related science, forensic science techniques and sophisticated scientific equipment.

4. current laws, rules and procedures concerning the activities of a crime laboratory.

Skill in:

1. oral and written communication

Ability to:

1. plan and direct the technical production, human resource and fiscal activities of a crime laboratory.

2. exercise effective problem-solving skills in dealing with complex and often urgent issues.

3. work effectively with people at all levels of an organization, law enforcement agencies, elected officials and the public.

4. accurately analyze and interpret scientific data.

5. operate sophisticated scientific instrumentation.

6. provide expert testimony and undergo intense examination in court.

7. to provide technical advice and/or training to law enforcement and court officials and new employees.

8. organize, conduct and evaluate scientific research.

9. respond to crime scenes and court appearances in a timely manner

Minimum Qualifications: A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course of study in chemistry or closely related physical or natural sciences with minimum of thirty (30) semester hours in chemistry and ten (10) years of experience as a criminalist in a recognized laboratory actively engaged in the forensic sciences, two (2) years of which shall have been in a supervisory capacity. Additional criminalist experience, beyond the required ten years, may substitute for semester hours of chemistry (1 year additional criminalist experience = 10 chemistry semester hours).

Must successfully complete the examination process.

FLSA Status - Exempt

Current as of: 7/23/2014 12:48:38 AM