Local & Regional
Thu February 11, 2010
M.E. Review Set
By Associated Press
Oklahoma City, OK – Cline to review Medical Examiner's Office
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Gov. Brad Henry has asked state Health Commissioner Terry Cline to lead a top-to-bottom review of the embattled Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
Henry announced Cline's appointment on Wednesday, less than a week after the state Board of Medicolegal Investigations, which administers the agency, fired the former chief medical examiner, Dr. Collie M. Trant. Trant was fired on Friday after less than a year on the job.
Henry says an outside review of the agency is in order because of Trant's dismissal and other issues, including the indictment of the agency's former chief investigator for sexual battery.
The governor says the medical examiner's office plays a critical role in the criminal justice process and provides important information to families who have lost loved ones.