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County May Fork Over More Money To Find Medical Examiner


POSTED: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 4:25pm

UPDATED: Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 2:47pm

EL PASO - More than a year into the search for a new medical examiner, the county says it may need to invest more money to replace former examiner Paul Shrode, and the estimated figure is not low.

You may recall, Shrode was fired in May of last year after he was accused of lying on his resume.

The county is still looking for a permanent replacement, but because there are only about 400 examiners in the country, it's been a tough task. So they formed an analysis committee.

Their report suggests that, to attract a medical examiner to El Paso County, the office needs to become accredited, hire more staff, and purchase more equipment. In total: increase the budget for the medical examiner's office by more than 600,000 dollars.

But the commissioner's court decided to defer the decision to their budget meeting in 2 weeks.

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@Carygr - I agree with you because now they have to find all new substance lab workers, equpement, and training.

The training will probably cost 1200per person. Wasted tax payer money.

No wonder why this city is the laughing stock of Texas.

Only 400 examiners in the county. Yeah, it's pretty tough finding one in 400. My guess, they want one for about $10 a hour. Must have own vehicle to transport bodies, own tools-you know, like a mechanic. Must have own fermeldahyde, own secretary, must pay for his own office. It's shocking what the county pays itself, but think qualified professionals should be paid less than them. They may be waiting for a relative to get back in town, to take job.

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