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Searching for new medical examiner

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Updated: 12/12/2013 12:07 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Action News cameras were the only ones rolling as top law enforcement leaders met to figure out who should be our area's medical examiner.

We first told you about the scrutiny the office was under back in June. We requested complaints that show low morale, violation of city policy and unsanitary procedures that happened under Dr. Valerie Rao.

Six months later new documents show the issues still exist. The city gave Action News the most recent employee surveys by the city just about an hour before it was handed out at the medical examiner's committee meeting. The pages reveal lost work time, costing taxpayers. It also describes excessive caseload issues and incomplete cases older than 90 days. There are 301 of those.

Action News took the concerns to Dr. Russell Vega with the state medical examiner's commission. "Getting the right person in the office is important," said Vega.

While he wouldn't say whether Rao is that person, he say the committee will take the time to find the right person.
"Hopefully they can do the best to improve the condition for that whole office," said Vega.

Right now the search committee has six applicants to interview before names are submitted to the state medical examiner's commission. That might not happen until at least May. The governor will make the final decision.
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