Commissioners approve higher Budget for Medical Examiner's office - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/8/10

Commissioners approve higher Budget for Medical Examiner's office

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock County increased the Medical Examiner's budget by nearly $290,000 on Monday.

The money will be used to pay the salary of a second pathologist who will help do autopsies for surrounding counties.

Dr. Masahiko Kobayashi has already been on staff for about four months. Currently Lubbock does not do autopsies for surrounding counties. For the most part, those counties contract with private companies.

NewsChannel 11 asked if Lubbock County can overcome the competition. County Commissioner Bill McCay says, "Unfortunately there are a lot of cases out there through West Texas and we're confident that once we get a contract out to surrounding counties that there will be more than enough business to go around."

In addition to speaking with Commissioner Bill McCay, we also talked to the Chief Medical Examiner by phone.

He says Lubbock County will probably start soliciting businesses form other counties later this month.

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