CRIMINALIST II – Chemistry, Charlotte, NC

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Crime Laboratory

Charlotte, North Carolina


This is technical and advanced professional level laboratory work in a specialized field relating to crime analysis.  Work involves the application of laboratory techniques, materials, equipment and instruments used in various physical and chemical analyses of evidence obtained at crime scenes or elsewhere, and the presentation of findings for investigative and prosecution purposes.  This position also conducts complex analyses requiring subjective opinions and the use of complex instrumentation.  Work is performed in accordance with standardized laboratory methods and controls to ensure accurate and verifiable analyses of specimens.  Work is performed with considerable independence under the general direction of a supervisor.


  • Examines the following types of evidence: fire debris for the presence of ignitable liquids, controlled substances, and/or blood samples to identify and quantify alcohol content.
  • Operates complex laboratory equipment; uses advanced laboratory techniques; stays current in the forensic field by reading, attending meetings and training.
  • Completes reports of results of analyses and communicates results to appropriate department personnel.
  • Provides expert court testimony relating to results of analyses; photographs and prepares graphic illustrations for court use; consults with and advises District Attorney and other law enforcement officials in forensic matters.
  • Formulates independent conclusions; sets priorities; prepares reports.
  • Maintains safe conditions in the laboratory and conducts laboratory procedures in accordance with ASCLD-LAB policies.
  • Performs related work as required.


  • Minimum of a BS degree in chemistry, physical science or a related field with a minimum of 30 hours of chemistry from an accredited four-year college or university.
  • Possess a minimum of two years of experience in forensic chemistry; preferably in fire debris/trace analysis. Proficiency in controlled substances, desirable. The minimum experience level should be at the Criminalist I level or higher, preferably in an ASCLD-LAB accredited crime laboratory.
  • Ability to effectively testify in court as an expert witness.
  • Thorough knowledge of advanced laboratory techniques, materials, equipment and instrument operation, including GC/MS, GC, and FTIR.
  • Thorough knowledge of the methods used in collecting and preserving physical evidence and presentation of such evidence in court.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with representatives of other law enforcement agencies and legal officials.


Negotiable $56,000 to $65,000 with Annual Performance Salary Adjustment

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Matthew Mathis, Crime Laboratory Director         Kemika Alloway, Chief Criminalist – Chemistry

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department          Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

Phone (704)-353-1100                                        Phone (704)-353-1065

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