Reorganization at Snohomish Co. morgue eliminates position

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - A reorganization is underway at the Snohomish County medical examiner's office.

The position of chief medical investigator was eliminated last month and a new manager will be hired to oversee operations.

County spokeswoman Rebecca Hover told The Daily Herald County Executive John Lovick's office is deciding which employees will report to the new manager or to Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Norman Thiersch.

Last month the county paid $495,000 to settle a lawsuit with a former death investigator who had accused the medical examiner of workplace retaliation and failing to accommodate her disability.

The medical examiner's office has 14 full-time employees and an annual budget of $2.1 million. Last year the office conducted 391 autopsies.