San Joaquin County Pathologists Offer to Rescind Resignations on One Condition

San Joaquin County Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Bennett Omalu and pathologist Susan Parson say they are considering withdrawing their recent resignations if the county moves to separate the Coroner’s Office and the Sheriff’s Office once and for all. Their demands for a separation -- which has already taken place in other nearby counties -- is meant to ensure death investigation integrity, they say. It comes as a third former employee of the county comes forward with similar allegations of possible wrongdoing against Sheriff Steve Moore.

Like Omalu and Parson, Nick Germann says he resigned as an evidence custodian in part because he too was prevented from properly doing his job.

“At first, it felt like they were trying to help me, but then eventually as I was prying deeper, they would, you know it was just more roadblocks,” he said about his time working in the sheriff’s department’s evidence room.

When Germann began questioning the way things were being handled, he discovered the sheriff had a mean streak.

“He does retaliate against people. He has a famous line throughout the department. It’s common for him to say, ‘I don’t get mad, I get even.’”

The allegations recently made against Sheriff Moore by the world-renowned Dr. Omalu are alarming. The doctor says he discovered altered reports and bodies with missing hands and feet, raising the possibility of cover-ups in officer-involved death investigations. Dr. Parson has said she became the victim of a retaliation campaign  when she pushed back against the sheriff’s attempts to interfere with death investigations.

Sheriff Moore has denied the claims.


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