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Lubbock County searching for next medical examiner

LUBBOCK, Texas -

Lubbock County will need a new medical examiner at the end of next month. NAAG Pathology won't renew its one-year contract. The commissioner's court is considering some new options.

In May, CEO Evan Matshes blamed personal and political agendas and claimed it's been nearly impossible to recruit pathologists for the office.

Now, Lubbock County is looking at a new way to run the office. First and foremost, the county wants to hire a doctor who would serve as the office administrator; this doctor would not be a pathologist.

 "As the administrator, he will be in charge or she will be in charge of making sure all those services all come together and work," said Lubbock County judge, Curtis Parrish. "That means utilizing maybe services from Tarrant County or from other laboratories, bringing in part time medical examiners, forensic pathologists to actually do the autopsy services."

Tarrant County chief medical examiner Nizam Peerwani joined commissioners for a work-session. He said finding a doctor who can both perform autopsies and handle all the paperwork is tough.

"Right now there are at least 50 medical examiner positions that are open across the country," said Lubbock County commissioner for precinct 2, Jason Corley. "Then when you start adding on the requirements, that you would have to have, a Texas medical license in the state of Texas to be a medical examiner, that narrows down that field dramatically, from where we can choose a doctor, given all the problems we've had here in Lubbock I can't imagine any of those people are willing to come here right now or very few are."

Since the job posting back in May, the county has received three applicants. The contract with NAAG Pathology expires September 30.

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