“Our medicolegal death investigators are 50 percent detectives and the other 50 percent of the job they’re social workers. In one minute they’re investigating a horrific homicide and the next minute they’re notifying the family members of the victim of that homicide. The family may be embracing them and crying on their shoulder. It takes a very unique group of people to be able to flip that switch.” – John Fudenberg – Las Vegas Coroner.
John Fudenberg, is the Coroner of Clark County Nevada, home to the world known ‘sin city’, Las Vegas. The Clark County Coroners office is a hybrid office, being a coroners office but housing a full pathology department. Currently there are two Coroner Investigative Forensic Supervisors, 16 full-time Coroner Investigators and five part-time investigators 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.
Clark County is also unique in that John Fudenberg is the immediate past President of the International Coroners and Medical Examiners Association, and still sits on that board. Also the chief Medicolegal investigator for Clark County, David Mills, is the immediate past President of The American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators. (ABMDI). These prestigious positions placed Clark County Coroners office in a position of authority when it comes to speaking into the medicolegal death investigation field.
Part Time and Reserve Investigators
Another unique function os the Clark County Coroners office is their volunteer reserve program for investigators. These men and women join the office and complete a training program to prepare them to work with full time investigators and serve as a ‘farm team’ for filling future investigator openings .
In this episode
In this episode I talk with the ‘Las Vegas’ Coroner John Fudenberg and Assistant Coroner Paul Parker about the unique positioning of their office. We also talk about the recommendations for the medicolegal field by 2020, as well as where John sees the future of Coroners in America going. These and many other topics are discussed.