Chief Medical Examiner to retire, Lubbock County searching for r

Chief Medical Examiner to retire, Lubbock County searching for replacement

Natarajan Natarajan

After performing or supervising more than ten thousand autopsies, and years in the business, Dr. Sridhar Natarajan is calling it quits. The commissioners believe the chief made this announcement at the right time. 

"It's the summer. The office is running very successfully and I believe the Commissioners and the office of Human Resources are working very hard to get the proper replacement in there," Natarajan said. 

Precinct One Commissioner Bill McCay said whoever ends up filling the Chief's role will be taking on a big job.  

"We've worked closely with Dr. Natarajan in transition to his retirement. We've been working for some time. The jobs are posted, we've got some applicants, and thankfully he will be here to help us in the process," McCay said. 

When he took over as Chief in 2009, Natarajan said there was a lot of work to be done. 

"I would say the office was essentially in shambles in how things were being managed. I think the Commissioners understood that and were looking to improve it and move it to the highest standard. We've proven ourselves time after time in going to trial and having the sides both on prosecution and criminal defense on cases," Natarajan said. 

McCay said he hopes the county can find Natarajan's replacement sooner rather than later due to the workload that comes with the job. 

"That volume of work, six to seven hundred cases per year, its a lot of work. It's very complex and sensitive and extremely important that every detail, and every effort is made to make sure the details are taken care of. Dr. Natarajan has done that flawlessly since hes been here," McCay said. 

The county has just over two months to find Natarajan's replacement, as his retirement date is set for October 1st.

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