Leaders in the field to help pick next medical examiner

Saturday, August 28, 2010 at 10:00am
Staff reports

Mayor Karl Dean has appointed a seven-member committee of medical physicians to recommend candidates for the Davidson County medical examiner position, according to a release from the mayor’s office.

Bruce Levy, who also served as state medical examiner, previously held the position. He resigned after he was arrested in Mississippi on drug charges.

The acting county medical examiner is Amy McMaster, who has submitted her name for consideration for the long-term position.

Tennessee state law requires the county’s medical examiner to be a licensed physician with a degree in medicine or osteopathic medicine.

The newly appointed task force, chaired by Meharry Medical College President Wayne Riley, will recommend one or two candidates to the mayor. Dean will then submit the nominee to the Metro Council for confirmation. The county medical examiner serves for a five-year term and is eligible for reappointment.

The panel met for the first time on Friday afternoon.