Medical examiner investigators want schooling [Odessa American, Texas :: ]
(Odessa American (TX) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) July 13--In their regular meeting scheduled at 10 a.m. Monday, Ector County commissioners are expected to vote on sending some new members of the medical examiner's office out of town to school.
Chuck Moad, the new chief investigator with the Ector County Medical Examiner's Office, and Kim Herrington, one of the newer investigators, are both requesting to go to death investigator school.
Moad's schooling would be from July 27 through Aug. 2 in Las Vegas, and Herrington's would be from Aug. 17 through Aug. 22 in St. Louis.
The courses will cost $425 each, according to an attachment on the agenda item.
Moad replaced long-time chief investigator Shirley Standefer amid criticism of the job she and the rest of the office have done in the past year, leading District Attorney Bobby Bland to be upset about one missed opportunity to seek a murder charge and an exhumation of two bodies in another case.
Medical Examiner Dr. Anne Acreman is still seeking a replacement for the medical examiner position.
COMMISSIONERS ALSO WILL:
--Consider a donation from Pioneer Natural Resources for the "Bustin' for Badges" fundraising event hosted on May 2.
--Consider allowing a retired sheriff's deputy to purchase the shotgun issued to him while on duty.
--Consider the departmental uniforms proposal.
--Consider the extension of the HP toner cartridge pricing proposal.
--Consider an agreement with Dunaway Associates LLP to do a topographic survey at the Ector County Coliseum.
--Consider a recommendation by the Airport Advisory Board to allow a lease agreement between Ector County and Ronnie Raines for a 100 by 150 hangar with a helipad.
--Consider the three-year renewal with First Southwest Company for financial advisory services.
--Consider the county's network infrastructure regarding the expansion of storage space on the network attached storage appliance.
--Consider the hiring of two experience deputies at classification 636 deputy 1 step 4.
--Consider the hiring of an attorney in the county attorney's office at classification 202 attorney III step 3.
--Consider the reclassification of environmental enforcement investigator from 633 to 204.
--Consider the hiring of a former senior deputy clerk at a step 9 due to experience in the Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 office.
--Consider hiring a department coordinator in the post sentence monitoring office at a step 6.
--Consider hiring a former deputy clerk at step 6 due to experience in the compliance department.
--Consider action regarding overtime compensation for additional after-hours work performed by Wanda Roberson in the absence of extension agents.
--Consider approving Pekrul Estates.
--Consider the consent agenda: move $7,210 from PCORI fee to health benefits fund; move $9,000 from departmental furniture and equipment and $16,000 from DP software to data processing equipment for the county's implementation of hardware and software for the network infrastructure.
--Consider a $2,000 budget amendment from unreserved fund balance to county court at law 2 departmental furniture and equipment.
--Consider and approve the accounts payable fund requirements report for July 14 and review county financial statements and reports.
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