Posted Monday, November 15th, 2010

The Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders has agreed to enter into a Medical Examiners shared services contract with Warren and Sussex counties, effective Jan. 1, 2011.

The Morris County Medical Examiner’s Office will assume jurisdiction of the medical examiner cases for Sussex and Warren in an agreement that is expected to reduce the net costs for each of the counties by at least 25 percent, while maintaining or enhancing medical examiner services, according to Scott DiGiralomo, director of the Morris County Department of Law and Public Safety.

Morris County averages 900 cases reported to its medical examiner’s office each year, DiGiralomo said.

“The medical examiner retains jurisdiction on approximately 230 of those cases per year,” DiGiralomo said. “Based on historical data, we expect the cases from the two additional counties combined will increase the case load by 50 percent.”

The on-call medical examiner investigative staff will increase slightly to ensure that the office can quickly respond to cases in any of the three counties, DiGiralomo said.

“This is a clear example of how services can be shared across county borders, with the results being increased efficiency and a reduction in net costs,” said Freeholder Douglas Cabana, liaison to the Medical Examiner’s Office.