Officials said they are in discussions with four additional pathologists, including three from Indiana . . .
Ballew said two of the four remaining candidates are forensic pathologists, which means they are trained to perform autopsies in homicide cases and others when the cause of death is unknown.
The other two are anatomic pathologists, she said. Such doctors are allowed to perform autopsies under Indiana law, but Ballew said they wouldn't handle criminal cases, and forensic pathologists would supervise them.
Carter and Ballew said they hoped the new arrangement would allow for better communication, accountability and quicker turnaround in autopsy reports.
The office also will receive large fees paid by more than 20 Central Indiana counties to have Marion County pathologists perform their autopsies. That will pay for supplies and new equipment.
As the story notes, Forensic Pathology Associates of Indiana's contract cost the county about $858,000 annually. The county will soon figure out that it realized no savings from the termination of that contract. As for the fees Ackles thinks he's going to get from performing autopsies for other counties, I would ask why any of those counties would take on Marion Co.'s problems by allowing Carter to perform autopsies for them? Carter is also going to find herself very short-handed, unless new hires are brought on pretty quickly, so she isn't going to be in a position to accept autopsies from other counties.
Note also that the new professionals will be contract employees and not regular employees of the office. Because each will be contracted separately, none of the professionals will be employed by the other as is currently the case. That could pose some serious management issues, particularly since none of the regular employees of the coroner's office is qualified to direct these professionals medically-related activities.