WVC 61 - 12 - 7
§61-12-7. Medical examiners.
(a) The chief medical examiner shall appoint for each county
in the state a county medical examiner to serve for a term of three
years under the supervision of the chief medical examiner. A
county medical examiner shall be medically trained and licensed by
the state of West Virginia as a physician, registered nurse,
paramedic, emergency medical technician or a physician assistant,
be certified in the practice of medicolegal death investigation and
be of good moral character. County medical examiners are
authorized to establish the fact of death, and to make
investigations into all deaths in their respective counties that
come within the provisions of section eight or ten of this article
and shall in timely fashion record findings of an investigation
using forms prescribed by the chief medical examiner. A county
medical examiner may be removed from office for cause at any time
by the chief medical examiner. Any vacancy in the office of county
medical examiner shall be filled by the chief medical examiner.
One person may be appointed to serve as county medical examiner for
more than one county, and a county medical examiner need not be a
resident of the county which he or she serves. If the chief
medical examiner determines that it is necessary, he or she may
appoint any person medically trained and licensed by the state of
West Virginia as a physician, registered nurse, paramedic, emergency medical technician or a physician assistant and of good
moral character to act as an assistant county medical examiner for
a term of three years. An assistant shall have the same powers and
duties as a county medical examiner and shall perform his or her
duties under the supervision of the chief medical examiner.
(b) A county medical examiner or his or her assistant county
medical examiner shall, at all times, be available to perform the
duties required under this article. He or she shall, additionally,
be paid a fee, as determined by the chief medical examiner, but
only for the actual performance of his or her duties.
(c) County medical examiners and assistant county medical
examiners are authorized to determine the cause and manner of death
in any case falling within the provisions of section eight of this
article, subject to the supervision of the chief medical examiner,
and may exercise any of the powers attendant to the investigation
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2014 1st Special Session
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