Monday: Employees of Tulsa ME's office fired
BY ZIVA BRANSTETTER World Enterprise Editor
Sunday, July 22, 2012
The deputy chief medical examiner and several other employees of the agency’s Tulsa office have been fired following an internal investigation, records show.
Deputy Chief Medical Examiner Andrew Sibley, Investigator Supervisor Brenda Kelley and Administrative Supervisor Ashley Hancock were fired July 12 after an investigation that began in May. The three are based in the Tulsa office.
The firings are the latest at a state agency that has been in turmoil for several years.
The Medical Examiner’s Office has struggled with losing national accreditation, grand jury probes, scandals, crushing backlogs and personnel turnover. In May, bodies at the Oklahoma City office had to temporarily be moved to refrigeration trucks when the office’s decades-old cooler broke down.
The Medical Examiner’s Office released records of employee dismissals following an Open Records Act request by the Tulsa World. Records show other employees in the Tulsa and Oklahoma City offices were also fired in May for violating policies on customer service and substance abuse.
Read more in Monday's Tulsa World.