Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner

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Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner
Los Angeles County Coroner Department seal.png
Department overview
Formed 1882 (1882)
Jurisdiction Los Angeles County, California
Headquarters Boyle Heights, California
34°03′39″N 118°12′48″W / 34.0607°N 118.2132°W / 34.0607; -118.2132Coordinates: 34°03′39″N 118°12′48″W / 34.0607°N 118.2132°W / 34.0607; -118.2132
Employees 209 (2010)[1]
Annual budget $28,797,000 (2010)[1]
Department executive
  • Jonathan R. Lucas M.D., Chief Medical Examiner-Coroner
Parent department Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
Website coroner.lacounty.gov
Los Angeles County Coroner Building in 2008

The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner (formerly the Department of Coroner) was created in its present form in Boyle Heights on December 7, 1990 by an ordinance approved by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, though it has existed in some form since the late 19th century. On September 3, 2013, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved the name change for the department, from the Department of the Coroner to the Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner.[2]

On July 9, 2013, the Board of Supervisors approved the appointment of Mark A. Fajardo, the Chief Forensic Pathologist at Riverside County, as the new Medical Examiner-Coroner, at an annual salary of $275,000.[3] He formally replaced Lakshmanan Sathyavagiswaran, who served 21 years as the Coroner, in August 2013.[4]

Dr.  Mark Fajardo resigned in March 2016. A news report indicates that "he left because it became common to have up to 50 bodies waiting to be processed and the backlog of bodies was “nuts.” ... and toxicology tests were taking six months to complete" due to inadequate staffing.[5]

Lakshmanan Sathyavagiswaran was re-appointed, but as interim coroner, on April 11, 2016. As of December 30, 2016, the position of Chief Medical Examiner-Coroner had not been permanently filled. A search process had been initiated by the County, with Ralph Andersen & Associates working "to develop a customized recruitment brochure for this position."[6]

Dr. Jonathan R. Lucas was appointed as the Chief Medical Examiner-Coroner on July 10, 2017.

List of coroners[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Assessor" (PDF). County of Los Angeles Annual Report 2009-2010. Public Affairs, Chief Executive Office. p. 68. Retrieved 17 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Countywide Classification Actions to Change the Name of the Department of Coroner and Implement the Fiscal Year 2013-2014 Final Budget" (PDF). Chief Executive Office. County of Los Angeles. 3 September 2013. Retrieved 6 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Appointment, Salary, and Relocation Reimbursement for Chief Medical Examiner-Coroner" (PDF). Chief Executive Office. County of Los Angeles. 9 July 2013. Retrieved 6 September 2013. 
  4. ^ Villacorte, Christina (September 4, 2013). "L.A.'s first new coroner in decades faces tough tasks". Los Angeles Daily News. Retrieved 6 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "2016 in Review: 16 LA stories that mattered this year - Coroner Resigns". Daily News. LA Daily News. December 30, 2016. Retrieved December 31, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Chief Medical Examiner – Coroner – Los Angeles County". Ralph Andersen & Associates. Ralph Andersen & Associates. 2016. Retrieved December 31, 2016. If you would like a copy of the search profile emailed to you when it becomes available, please e-mail your request to us. 

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