Dane County Executive Joe Parisi released a plan Monday to expand the medical examiner’s scope to Brown County.
Dane County has had a professional medical examiner’s office since 2011, focusing on autopsy work for various Wisconsin counties.
“The Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office continues to innovate to provide quality, professional work that benefits families and law enforcement in Dane County and in many counties throughout Wisconsin,” Parisi said in a Monday statement. “This new agreement will allow our office to maintain that service in the face of rising caseloads and save taxpayer money.”
Dr. Vincent Tranchida currently serves as the medical examiner.
“Dane County is known as the gold standard in medical death investigations,” said Brown County Executive Troy Streckenbach in a Monday statement. “Regionalizing their expertise will provide greater level of services for our area and long term taxpayer savings by cost sharing resources.”
Dane County is currently contracted to cover death investigations for Rock County, as well as forensic pathology for 12 other Wisconsin counties and one county in Illinois.
Parisi said revenue from the intergovernmental agreement will pay for the cost of adding new positions to the medical examiner’s office.