Forensic Evidence Section Supervisor

State of New Mexico

Salary
$16.21 – $28.21 Hourly

$33,720 – $58,673 Annually

This position is a Pay Band 65
Purpose of Position
The Forensic Evidence Supervisor manages a team of detail-oriented forensic evidence technicians that support the Department of Public Safety’s forensic laboratory bureau and forensic scientists, who utilize scientific principles to support or negate theories surrounding physical evidence found at a crime scene. The Evidence Supervisor has a variety of critical responsibilities and administrative duties within the property and evidence functions, including maintaining the evidentiary chain of custody and integrity of evidence and property.
Why does the job exist?
The Supervisor is responsible for quality assurance, development and implementation of inspection activities, the detection and resolution of problems, and the delivery of satisfactory outcomes associated with the receipt of evidence, which includes recording, accounting for, storing, safeguarding, collecting, verifying, releasing and disbursing evidence to laboratory clients and staff. A significant degree of initiative, independent judgment, discretion and confidentiality is paramount. All duties and tasks are expected to be performed in an attentive, effective, efficient and safe manner.
How does it get done?
The Forensic Evidence Supervisor in the Forensic Laboratory is responsible for the following:
— Being the first-line Supervisor of a team of detail-oriented forensic evidence technicians.
— The supervisor is responsible for quality assurance, development and implementation of inspection activities, the detection and resolution of problems, and the delivery of satisfactory outcomes associated with the receipt of evidence
— To receive, record, account for, store, safeguard, collect, verify, release and disburse evidence to laboratory clients and staff.
— To maintain the evidentiary chain of custody.
— To maintain integrity of evidence and property.
— To gather data, make use of evidence handling procedures, chain of custody protocols, and manage files and evidence storage rooms.
— May be involved in situations requiring the use or implementation of courtroom protocol.
— Must employ knowledge regarding rules of evidence and hazardous materials.
— May provide instruction in preservation and storage of physical evidence.
— Duties may include:  coordinating schedules for Forensic Scientists that have been subpoenaed in criminal cases and communicating with the attorneys and the scientist concerning the scheduling.
— Liaison duties may include communications concerning the status of the cases being worked and checking with involved agencies concerning the need for analyses.
Who are the customers?
The position serves Forensic Scientists, Law Enforcement Agencies, Criminal Justice Agencies, and the citizens of New Mexico.
Ideal Candidate
The Ideal Candidate will have a college degree in a Forensic Science or related scientific major, and have prior knowledge, skills and abilities of at least two (2) years¿ experience in professional administrative work and computer operations; professional knowledge of the criminal justice system; experience working in a forensic laboratory setting; and knowledge/experience with chain of custody protocols.
Minimum Qualification
Associates Degree in Business Administration, Public Administration or Accounting and two (2) years of directly related job experience in the areas of budgeting, accounting, auditing, purchasing, cash management and/or financial management. Substitutions Apply. See Substitution Table below.
Substitution Table
These combinations of education and experience qualify you for the position:

Education

Experience

Education

Experience
1
High School Diploma or Equivalent
AND
4 years of experience
OR
High School Diploma or Equivalent
AND
4 years of experience
2
Associate’s degree in the field(s) specified in the minimum qualification
AND
2 years of experience
Associate’s degree or higher in any field
AND
4 years of experience
3
Bachelor’s degree or higher in the field(s) specified in the minimum qualification
AND
0 years of experience

• Education and years of experience must be related to the purpose of the position.

• If Minimum Qualification requires a specific number of “semester hours” in a field (e.g. 6 semester hours in Accounting), applicants MUST have those semester hours in order to meet the minimum qualifications. No substitutions apply for semester hours.
Employment Requirements
This position is designated as safety sensitive. Employment is subject to post-employment drug testing and random employment drug testing and is conditional pending results.  In addition, this position is subject to a national fingerprint-based record check within 30 days of assignment.  Continued employment is contingent upon remaining felony-free, per Section 5.12.1.1 of the Criminal Justice Information Systems Security Policy.

In addition, the selected candidate must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license, and a current Defensive Driving Certificate from the State of New Mexico; or pass and receive the Defensive Driving Course Certification, within six (6) months of date of hire.

Statewide travel in a car and/or a small aircraft will be required, when necessary.
Working Conditions
Work is performed in a forensic laboratory setting with exposure to Video/Visual terminal (VDT), extensive computer use, chemicals and biological fluids stains, including exposure to noise from equipment and instruments utilized in the laboratory, including handling firearms.  Work is performed under stressful situations with strict deadlines.  Frequent walking, standing, sitting and bending is required, and have the ability to lift and carry light to heavy objects/equipment, up to at least 30 lbs.
Supplemental Information
Benefits:

Agency Contact Information: Bonnie Knoll Email

For information on Statutory Requirements for this position, click the Classification Description link on the job advertisement.

Bargaining Unit Position
This position is not covered by a collective bargaining agreement.

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