Ector County Hires New Chief Investigator for Medical Examiner's Office

Ector County Hires New Chief Investigator for Medical Examiner's Office

By: Alexa Williams

NewsWest 9

ECTOR COUNTY - The Ector County Medical Examiner's Office officially has a new Chief Investigator. This comes after the ME's office faced scrutiny by the District Attorneys Office for how they operate.

"I'm very excited about this. I'm very happy to be back in law enforcement and with this particular office," Chuck Moad, new Chief Investigator for the Ector County Medical Examiners Office, said.

We're told Moad has a long resume including 29 years with the Odessa Police Department.

"He brings to us a number of assets. He's got a strong business background. He has a Masters in Business Administration. He's just a proven leader and I think he is exactly what we need," Ector County Judge, Susan Redford, said.

The hiring of Moad is the result of the Medical Examiners Office coming under fire from the District Attorneys Office. You'll remember back in October, the ME's office didn't perform an autopsy on a baby who tested positive for cocaine. This caused an uproar from the DA who wanted to get rid of the ME's office.

"We're at a time right now where we have to be very careful because our Medical Examiner's office is under a microscope," Redford said.

Redford said she hopes the change will help bring the ME's office back to where it needs to be.

"What we're wanting is to increase the professionalism in the office. We want a strong leader in place that can work hand in hand with the other law enforcement agencies as well as the District Attorney's Office and the medical community," Redford said.

Redford believes Moad can do just that. Moad said he's ready for the new challenge and leadership position.

"It will always be our goal to improve and to serve the county in the best way that we can," Moad said.