Coroner & Professor Warren McLeod

County Coroner & Criminal Justice Professor

Medico-Legal Death Investigations

Warren McLeod began his career as an Emergency Medical Technician in Boston, Massachusetts. As an EMT, he served in various capacities as a volunteer, private service provider, and for the City of Boston Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for 14 years. Warren then relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada and worked as an EMT for three years in various casinos. He also served as a casino investigator focused on guest and employee injury accidents.

In 1998 Warren began working as an Investigator for the Clark County Coroner and Medical Examiner’s Office in Las Vegas. This office is responsible for a jurisdiction of 8, 000 square miles, 2.5 million residents, and over 35 million visitors annually. Clark County encompasses six major cities and many rural communities with over 12,000 deaths per year. During his 11-year tenure with the Clark County Coroner and Medical Examiner’s Office, Warren personally conducted nearly 6000 medicolegal death investigations.

In 2005, Warren began teaching Criminal Justice courses for the College of Southern Nevada. He continued in this role through 2010 via online classes. In 2008 Warren was selected for a tenure-track position as the Criminal Justice/Forensics professor at South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia, Washington. He then relocated to the Pacific Northwest and became a tenured college professor.

In addition to his academic duties, Warren was elected Lewis County (WA) Coroner in November 2010. He has served continually in this capacity since that time. Warren continued his dual roles as a full-time college professor and part-time Coroner until 2015 when his workload required his transition to full-time Coroner status.  However, Warren continues to teach criminal justice courses part-time at both South Puget Sound Community College and Centralia College.

Under Warren’s leadership, the Lewis County Coroner’s Office has been awarded accreditation through the International Association of Coroners & Medical Examiners, and his staff are registered with the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators. Warren McLeod holds a Master’s degree (Cum Laude) in Justice Administration from Norwich University and a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is also a Certified and Nationally Registered Diplomate-Death Investigator and a member of the following professional associations:

  • American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS)
  • International Association for Identification (IAI)
  • Washington Homicide Investigators Association (WHIA)
  • American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI)
  • International Association of Coroners & Medical Examiners (IAC&ME)
  • Washington Association of County Officials (WACO) – Executive Board member
  • Washington Association of Coroners & Medical Examiners (WACME) – Executive Board member

Warren has also authored two professional journal articles:

  • “Not so Distant Anymore” – Faculty Association of Community and Technical Colleges (FACTC), 2012
  • “Investigating Work-Related Deaths” – ABMDI Newsletter, January, 2007

Warren resides on a farm outside Winlock, Washington. He is available for casework anywhere in the United States.