Mississippi still searching for medical examiner

Published 4:56 pm Monday, May 4, 2009

Mississippi is still searching for a medical examiner.

State Public Safety Commissioner Steve Simpson said the search continues because a suitable candidate has not been found.

Simpson, who completed his first year as commissioner last week, said the reason for the delay is because of the lack of available board-certified forensic pathologists. He said most forensic pathologists are also paid more than the $250,000 annual salary the state is offering.

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The state’s last medical examiner, Emily Ward, left in 1995 and the position has been vacant since.

Last year, state lawmakers allocated $500,000 in one-time money toward the office.