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AI- 7552   4. A. 6.    
Commissioners Court - Regular
Meeting Date: 08/03/2016  
Temporary Medical Examiner
Submitted By: Steve Waterman, Commissioners Court Admin
Department: Commissioners Court Admin  

Discuss and consider setting the rate of pay for Temporary Deputy Medical Examiners.
In the past the Medical Examiner utilized contract Deputy Medical Examiners to periodically cover weekends.  Under the contract the Deputy ME's were compensated on the basis of $600 per day for coverage to include 1 case worked on; $600 for each additional complete autopsy; $500 for each partial autopsy; and $350 for each external examination.  Earlier this year, the ME requested to increase these rates to $900; $700; and $500.  The contracts were not considered by the Court due to the IRS ruling that we have to pay the Deputy ME as a county employee.
Under the old pay rate per each case, the equivalent hourly rate for an 8 hour day is $203.69 per hour.  Dr. Fernandez is requesting that this rate be increased to $280.79 per hour.  Under this pay plan, Temporary Deputy Medical Examiners would be paid on an hourly basis for hours actually worked.  At this rate the budgeted amount for this line item ($25,000) would cover 10 full days of service.

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