Troubled Ventura County ME’s Office Gets a New Top Doc

A new public officer has been hired to examine deaths in Ventura County. Dr. Christopher Young was offered the position of medical examiner, which he accepted at an annual salary of $320,000.

Dr. Young most recently served as the deputy state medical examiner for the state of Oregon. He previously worked as a forensic pathologist for the Medical Examiner’s Office in Alaska. He holds an undergraduate degree from Pepperdine University and a medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston.

“Dr. Young has the right combination of professional, managerial and personnel skills to run this critical office,” Ventura County Chief Executive Mike Powers said. “His goals of protecting the trust of the community, achieving industry accreditation and operating Ventura County as a model medical examiner’s institution closely align with those of our board and the county executive office.”

Dr. Young said the role of a forensic pathologist is to give a voice to those who have died.

“Our efforts will enable the deceased to tell their final story to family, friends, attorneys, doctors and law enforcement,” he added.

The Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office has been fraught with hardship since 2015 when it was discovered that then-Medical Examiner Jon Smith had allowed an untrained employee to perform invasive postmortem procedures. He was fired and replaced by Ann Bucholtz. She resigned just one year later.


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