Lubbock County has a new medical examiner.
County Commissioners voted Monday morning to appoint Dr. Sridhar Natarajan as Lubbock County's Chief Medical Examiner. He will replace Dr. Thomas Beaver.
Natarajan will be in charge of the nearly $1.7 million county office. His annual salary is set to be nearly $450,000, and he will report directly to County Commissioners. That's because back in August, the Texas Tech Health Science Center said it would no longer oversee the Medical Examiner's Office.
Commissioners tell NewsChannel 11 they still plan to contract with 80 other surrounding counties - as is done currently under the Health Sciences Center. Natarajan previously worked as Lubbock's Medical Examiner until about two years ago.
New Medical Examiner to be Appointed on Monday
On Monday, Lubbock County Commissioners will appoint Dr. Sridar Natarajan to be the new medical examiner, but some question the hiring of Dr. Natarajan.