Pierce County selects new medical examiner

Pierce County selects new medical examiner
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PIERCE COUNTY, Wash. — Pierce County has selected its new medical examiner, following investigations about Pierce County’s former medical examiner, Dr. Thomas Clark, and his announcement in late November that he was stepping down.

According to a release from the county, Dr. Mark A. Fajardo, current Chief Pathologist for the Riverside County Sheriff Coroner in California, was selected, pending his confirmation by the Pierce County Council.

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The new medical examiner announcement comes after months of employee complaints against Clark, including a whistleblower complaint, accusations filed with the Washington Medical Commission and an investigation by the state Department of Health.

Fajardo has practiced forensic pathology for 20 years and spent three years as the Chief Medical Examiner at Los Angeles County.

“I’m delighted to welcome Dr. Fajardo to Pierce County,” said County Executive Bruce Dammeier. “He brings an impressive combination of technical skill, a collaborative nature and strong administrative experience to his new role.”

According to the release, Fajardo has performed more than 6,500 autopsies, including more than 400 homicide cases.

Fajardo is expected to relocate to Pierce County in early 2020.

Below is previous coverage of the former Pierce County Medical Examiner: