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Lubbock County medical examiner resigns, new ME appointed

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LUBBOCK COUNTY, Texas -

Lubbock County has appointed another new medical examiner.

In a pair of meetings Monday, the Lubbock County Commissioner's Court first accepted the resignation of Dr. John Lang, the Administrative Chief Medical Examiner of Lubbock County. 

That was then followed by the appointment of a new Acting Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Charles Addington. The court says the appointment is considered an emergency and public necessity due to the pandemic.

Dr. Lang was appointed last October. County Judge Curtis Parrish thanked him for his service and helping to clear the backlog left by NAAG.

"We had families that were needing death certificates that were waiting sometimes months for them...he provided a great service to Lubbock County," Parrish said.

Parrish did not provide context on why Lang resigned. Commissioners also approved accepting a settlement with Devontai Gaines, who was employed by the office previously. That approval also included a release of claims. Judge Parrish would not clarify whether it is related to Lang's resignation.

Later in the afternoon, commissioners appointed Dr. Charles Addington as Acting Chief Medical Examiner. Addington, who previously served as the mayor of Wolfforth, will serve as ME until the county comes up with a permanent solution.

"We'll be looking at through the budget process, we will be looking at cost analysis of different types of plans, we will be looking at whether to hire a forensic pathologist," Parrish said.

Like Lang, Dr. Addington is not a forensic pathologist, so Lubbock County will continue to use the Tarrant County Medical Examiner for autopsies.

"We're really honored that he's agreed to step in and help us out here in Lubbock County," Parrish said. "He loves Lubbock County. He loves the people."

Dr. Addington is set to address the public Tuesday afternoon.

 

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