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Addington begins work as Lubbock's new medical examiner

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Dr. Charles Addington, Lubbock's new acting chief medical examiner, takes questions from reporters during a press conference Tuesday, July 14, 2020. Dr. Charles Addington, Lubbock's new acting chief medical examiner, takes questions from reporters during a press conference Tuesday, July 14, 2020.
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The new acting chief medical examiner said he is ready to serve the families of Lubbock.

"When you have an opportunity to serve the community and the county you've lived in your whole life, and somebody calls and says we need help, that's when you step up and make a difference," Dr. Charles Addington said.

Commissioners appointed Dr. Charles Addington as the new ME Monday afternoon, but he said he has already started working. He said his role is to "make sure they get things right."

"What I'll do is I'll look at things that come to me and say, 'Are they right? Does it make sense? Do we need an autopsy? Is there something outside of the norm that we need to investigate?' We look at what our investigators do, and we put that puzzle together," he said.

Dr. Addington is not a forensic pathologist, but he is a practicing physician with nearly 25 years of experience, and he said he has dealt with these kinds of situations numerous times.

"I have Dr. (Nizam) Peerwani in Fort Worth in Tarrant County, that's an absolute expert that I can talk to, and I've already talked to three times...more on 'Ok, this is what we're going to do, and this is how we're going to make it better,'" Addington said.

Addington replaces Dr. John Lang, who resigned Monday.

Bambi Trevino, the office manager at the Lubbock County Medical Examiner's Office, said although she was shocked by Lang's resignation, she is happy Dr. Addington has filled the role.

"The atmosphere is different. It's a little bit lighter, and it's what's we need to build up the morale of the staff, and with Dr. Addington in place, I think that's going to work," Trevino said.

Addington said this is about the families and helping them through trying times.

"I think taking care of people during hard times is our responsibility, and if you have a serving heart, which I have, I've spent my whole life trying to take care of people in the county, then that's the most responsible and ethical thing you can do," he said.

Addington said he is not stepping down from his clinic and will continue seeing patients. Commissioners said he will serve in the role of acting chief medical examiner until the county comes up with a permanent solution.

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