Suffredin- For a Better Cook County  
 

Accountability
Forest Preserves
Public Safety
Cook County Budget
Forest Pres. Budget
Property Tax Appeal
Health & Hospitals
Land Bank Authority
Policy Resolutions
Unsung Heroine

 

   
 
   
   
 
   
     
  Office phone numbers:  
   
 
 

Search current and proposed Cook County Legislation in Larry's exclusive legislative library.

   
 

The Cook County Code of Ordinances are the current laws of Cook County.

   
  Cook County has the largest unified trial court system in the world, disposing over 6 million cases in 1990 alone.
   
     
     
     



Preckwinkle names new medical examiner
Florida pathologist to take over at troubled morgue

Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Chicago Tribune
by John Byrne

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has appointed a Florida pathologist to become the new medical examiner, giving him a hefty raise, a longer term in office and additional staff to come take over the troubled county morgue.

Dr. Stephen Cina will replace Dr. Nancy Jones, whose resignation is effective at month's end. Jones faced criticism over employee complaints that bodies were stacking up in the morgue's cooler and for various administrative problems at the West Side facility.

Preckwinkle said Cina, currently associate medical director and chief administrative officer of the University of Miami Tissue Bank, has the skills both as a doctor and an administrator to right the ship.

"He's been, in addition to his work in the medical examiner field, a distinguished medical researcher," Preckwinkle said. "He's nationally respected as a forensic pathologist, and he has long been recognized as a leader in his profession. He's capable of providing the highest level of leadership and direction to our medical examiner's office, and that, of course, is what we desperately need."

Cina will make $300,000 in his new post — $68,000 per year more than what Jones was paid. He will be allowed to continue to do outside consulting work — he commands $400 an hour — though officials said he will need to comply with county rules and make sure it does not interfere with his official duties. Jones also did some outside paid work.

In addition to filling five vacant positions at the morgue, Preckwinkle said the county has agreed to Cina's request to create three new medical positions there. It isn't clear how much the new staff will be paid or how the cash-strapped county will pay for those positions.

Commissioners voted Tuesday to change the ordinance governing the hiring of new medical examiners so that Cina will serve a full five-year term before he again needs board approval to stay in the post, rather than merely completing the remainder of Jones' term.

"He's a professional, and he wanted to be sure he would have the time that he needs to professionalize our operations there," Preckwinkle said.

The County Board is expected to approve Cina's appointment at its July 24 meeting.

Cina served as deputy chief medical examiner in Broward County, Fla., population 1.8 million, before taking the position at the Tissue Bank.

Reached by phone Tuesday, Cina declined to discuss why he wants the job and why he believes the county needs to hire additional staff at the morgue, referring all questions to Preckwinkle's office until his confirmation is official.

Preckwinkle shook up the medical examiner's office last month, replacing top morgue administrator Kimberly Jackson with longtime state Public Health Department supervisor Daryl Jackson. The first-term board president also announced Jones' resignation.

With Preckwinkle about to get her own nominee with additional resources and a higher salary, Commissioner John Fritchey pointed out that she will own the morgue, for better or worse.

"A $300,000-a-year job with a five-year guarantee and additional staffing is going to put the burden squarely on him to show he's worth it and can do the job," said Fritchey, D-Chicago. "The president is going to need to realize that if there are any problems that emanate from her medical examiner, she will not be able to point the finger at past administrations."

Some commissioners weren't happy that Preckwinkle announced Cina's hiring without notifying them first.

Robin Kelly, Preckwinkle's chief administrative officer, said Cina approached the county to express interest in the position and is well aware of the recent problems at the morgue, which began to come to light in January when employees complained that there were too many bodies in the cooler.

"There's not that many pathologists in the United States, and they all talk to each other," Kelly said. "So he knows what he is walking into, and if approved by the board, he looks forward to it."



Recent Headlines

After momentous week, prosecutor Kim Foxx says 'we have to right wrongs'
Monday, November 20, 2017
Chicago Tribune

ONTIVEROS: I think I miss that soda pop tax
Monday, November 20, 2017
Chicago Sun-Times

Budget Cuts Expected For Cook County Public Guardian’s Office
Monday, November 20, 2017
CBS Chicago

Ex-Cook County Board President Todd Stroger says he's running again
Monday, November 20, 2017
Chicago Tribune

Police union president slams Foxx, prosecutors after exonerations
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Chicago Sun-Times

MIHALOPOULOS: Will pop-tax anger unseat Preckwinkle, or fizzle out?
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Chicago Sun-Times

After Warning of 'Painful Cuts,' Preckwinkle to Unveil 2018 Budget Amendment
Friday, November 17, 2017
NBC Chicago

Watchdog: Quit stalling on Cook County justice system data
Friday, November 17, 2017
Crain's Chicago Business

The Week in Review: Record Wave of Exonerations Tied to Rogue Cop
Friday, November 17, 2017
WTTW Chicago Tonight

Preckwinkle, some commissioners say enough votes for amended budget
Friday, November 17, 2017
Chicago Sun-Times

Preckwinkle: Nothing Pleasant About Hundreds Of Layoffs
Friday, November 17, 2017
CBS Chicago

Cook County commissioners get behind Preckwinkle's budget cuts
Friday, November 17, 2017
Chicago Tribune

Chuy Garcia Sole Cook County Commissioner Iffy on Budget
Friday, November 17, 2017
WTTW Chicago Tonight

Preckwinkle takes on Dart in county budget process
Thursday, November 16, 2017
WLS Am-News

Mass exoneration: Convictions of 15 men, tied to tainted CPD officer, overturned
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Chicago Judge Throws Out 15 Convictions On Fears Police Reports Were Dishonest
Thursday, November 16, 2017
National Public Radio

Slowik: Debate over rezoning, shuttering of truck terminal near Lemont was 'politicized,' operator says
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Daily Southtown

Good on ya, Kim Foxx, for righting old wrongs
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Chicago Tribune

15 Men Cleared in First-Ever Mass Exoneration in Cook County
Thursday, November 16, 2017
WTTW Chicago Tonight

Wilmette to form advisory group on minimum wage, sick time ordinances
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Chicago Tribune

all news items

Paid for by Larry Suffredin and not at taxpayer expense. A Haymarket Production.
^ TOP