The Western Kentucky Regional Medical Examiner’s Office in Madisonville may soon be re-opening if a potential candidate decides to accept the position of chief examiner for the region.
The office was closed after the previous examiner resigned due to medical reasons a few months ago and some in the state had planned to make the closure permanent. Local governments and state legislators in western Kentucky have petitioned to keep the center open and it appears that is a distinct possibility.
One of the reasons given for the closure was the lack of a qualified candidate who wanted the job, but a recent letter sent out to coroners says former Regional Armed Forces Medical Examiner at Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth Virginia Doctor Mark Shelley interviewed for the job July 2nd.
It isn’t a done deal yet, but Todd County Deputy Coroner Mark Smith says officials in this part of the commonwealth are hoping for the best.
Coroners in western Kentucky have had to take bodies all the way to Louisville for autopsies since the closure and that becomes extremely expensive to county governments.