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L.A. County coroner's office, struggling with autopsy backlog, gets new chief

L.A. County coroner's office, struggling with autopsy backlog, gets new chief

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday appointed a new coroner to take the helm of an agency that has been plagued by autopsy and toxicology backlogs, staff turnover and the near loss of its national accreditation.

Dr. Jonathan Lucas, 49, the chief deputy medical examiner in San Diego County, will assume his new position July 10 at a salary of $350,000.

“Given what I do for a living...it’s hard not to pay attention to what’s happening” in Los Angeles, Lucas said in an interview. “The immediate challenges are something that I look forward to facing.”

Lucas, who served in San Diego for more than 15 years, will be the fourth person in 16 months to lead...

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