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Cook County medical examiner resigns amid office overhaul

Cook County GovernmentToni PreckwinkleU.S. Department of Homeland SecurityCook County Board of Commissioners

The Cook County Medical Examiner who was the target of tough criticism for horrific conditions at the morgue will resign from her job.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced that development on Tuesday, as well as several other changes heading to the Medical Examiner's office.

Dr. Nancy Jones was attacked for cramming bodies at the morgue. Officials found in January 363 bodies stuffed in a cooler that was only designed to hold 300. 

Jones has been in office since 2007. Preckwinkle asked for her resignation, but she chose to turn in a letter of resignation instead. Her resignation will take effect on July 31st.  

"I am very grateful for Jones' 26 years of service to the county. From all reports, she is a very fine pathologist. We hope to work with her going forward and after her resignation around some of our graduate training issues," said Preckwinkle. 

The search to replace Jones is now underway.

Kimberly Jackson, the executive officer, will also step down.

Daryl Jackson (no relation) will become the new executive officer. He comes to the county from the Illinois Department of Public Health. He begins on July 16th.

   Preckwinkle announced several other changes at the morgue:

  • the termination of four employees
  • the testing of all employees for infectious disease
  • a Department of Homeland Security assessment of safety issues
  • secure funding for the implementation of an electronic case management system

In March, the board set a five year term and clear rules for firing the Medical Examiner.

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