The position serves as the State Medical Examiner and participates in the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) fatality related activities, including child death review, opioid investigation, infectious diseases (COVID), provide training and education for county medical examiners, and mass fatality preparedness and response activities. This role establishes state standards, including education and training, for local medical examiners and medical examiner investigators to be consistent with national recommendations and guidance. This work includes providing guidance on statewide data collection procedures for local medical examiner offices and assists with assessing the feasibility of a centralized data collection system. This role responds to media requests, act as a liaison to other state medical examiner offices and provide surge capacity and other mass fatality support where needed. This is a high-level position that should bring considerable working knowledge to the office as they are setting the direction of the office and related programs. In addition, this position functions as an essential assistant in the Community Health Emergency Communications Center (CHECC) during trainings, drills, exercises and actual events requiring 24/7/365 availability.