Saturday, December 31, 2005

Luzerne County gets a new Coroner

From the CV:

Gov. Ed Rendell has nominated Dr. Jack Consalvo, 59, of Wilkes-Barre, to fill the unexpired term of Dr. George E. Hudock Jr., who died Oct. 2 in the middle of his ninth term in office. Consalvo, a deputy coroner for about 10 years, heads the emergency room at the former Mercy Hospital in Wilkes-Barre. Consalvo is not a pathologist and can't perform autopsies. But he believes he can serve the office well. He interned as a surgeon early in his medical career but has spent the majority of it specializing in emergency medicine and toxicology. He is board certified in forensic medicine and can testify in court as an expert witness on medical issues, as well as interpret medical records and offer expert opinions.

I don't know the man but his resume suggests that he is qualified for the job. Dr. Hudock will be a hard act to follow as anyone who knew him will attest. He was a pathologist who performed his own autopsies which saved the county an enormous amount of money over the years. There was a pathologist in the running for the job but she was registered in the wrong party. This is one job that should not have anything to do with politics but that's not the way the world works.

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