Jentzen Gets Initial OK as Medical Examiner

At its Sept. 7, 2011 meeting, the Washtenaw County board of commissioners gave initial approval to appointing Jeffrey Jentzen to a four-year term as the county’s medical examiner, and Bader Cassin as deputy medical examiner. Currently, Cassin serves as medical examiner, a role he’s held since 1996, and Jentzen is his deputy. According to a staff memo provided to commissioners, the change in appointments is part of a transition at the medical examiner’s office.

The county contracts with the University of Michigan Health System (UMHS) for the medical examiner’s administration, customer service and autopsies – UMHS provides field investigators, administrative support, customer service, and autopsy assistants. Jentzen is a UM professor of pathology. Cassin is a clinical lecturer with UM’s pathology department.

A final vote on the appointments is expected at the board’s Sept. 21 meeting.

This brief was filed from the boardroom of the county administration building at 220 N. Main in Ann Arbor. A more detailed report will follow: [link]