County approves use of Tarrant County Medical Examiner

County approves use of Tarrant County Medical Examiner

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Lubbock County has agreed to use the Tarrant County Medical Examiner office for forensic pathology services.

"Use their services for our autopsies," Lubbock County Judge Curtis Parrish said. "We had kind of worked with Tarrant county before, so this is kind of one of those ongoing things. This is not a contract with them, we're basically using them and using their services, something that they agreed to."

The commissioners also agreed to use Miller Mortuary to transport bodies to and from Fort Worth. Parrish said these decisions will keep death investigations going past the end of the month. The county will get billed for each autopsy, since the county's not under a contract.

"So, we're going to have to get down and kind of manage all of those bills and invoices. I'm hopeful that what we will see through this is some lowering of costs, but I do want to make sure we are still providing the adequate services we need in Lubbock County," Parrish said.

Also on the agenda was signing another agreement with NAAG Pathology Labs. This one would allow Dr. Sam Andrews to finalize all the death investigations under his watch the past year. It would appoint him as the Associate Medical Examiner until they are all finished. 

The commissioners delayed that decision until Monday, Sept. 30. Parrish said the court needs a week to review this contract to ensure this is the best decision for the citizens of Lubbock County.

"In the meantime, get us a better handle on what kind of services we want from NAAG going forward, how to close those out, the amount, all of those things are still under consideration," Parrish said.

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