City considers privatizing medical examiner office
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- The city is reviewing reports on whether to privatize the Medical Examiner's Office.
What happens inside the Medical Examiner's Office is under scrutiny. At the head of it is Dr. Valerie Rao.
We first told you months ago about employee complaints and unsanitary working conditions. Now months later, a source directed conducted by another medical examiner in the state. The city asked him to look closely at how our area's office is operating.
One idea is privatizing the office. That was only recommended if the governor does not reappoint the current medical examiner.
Rao has not been named yet to continue as the head doctor in the district. The report criticized how she's run the office. It noted things like excessive spending on items like autopsy saws.
The office gets 2.5 million taxpayer dollars and this report said it can go a long way with the right person in charge.
The goal is to find the most effective way to run the office," said city of Jacksonville spokesman David DeCamp.
A decision has not been made on the medical examiner. Several applicants are being considered. There is no timetable on when the governor could appoint a medical examiner.
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