Utica, NY (WIBX) - Oneida County is entering the next phase of its Regional Medical Examiner Project.

County Executive Anthony Picente says Onondaga County's Medical Examiner Office is looking for four part-time Assistant Forensic Investigators to work in Oneida County.

"Obviously, we would prefer that those investigators come from Oneida County," Picente said. "It would serve us better, it would serve the residents here better and it would serve the whole process of the Medical Examiner's Office, even though it's contracted through Onondaga, that these investigators would be from Oneida County."

Qualified candidates should have medical certification or have served as a death investigator with another medical examiner/coroner system. Applications must be received at the Syracuse-based office by November 14th.

"Individuals that would like to apply [should look] to our website and look at Onondaga's website," Picente said. "It's very important in the next day's ahead, so that by January 1st we can have people properly trained and ready for medical examiner service that will begin on January 1st."

Oneida County is also searching for a transport service to move bodies to and from Syracuse for investigations. These contracts would exist for one year, starting on January 1st, and will be relied on to provide support and removal 24/7 throughout the county.

Applications for qualified transport services must be received by Oneida County before 3 p.m. on November 30th. Information can be found on the Oneida County website.

Any questions, requests for details and applications can be sent to Catherine Unger, Director of Operations for the Onondaga Medical Examiner's Office at hlcunge@ongov.net.