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Oneida County waives job vacancy review process to expedite replacing medical examinerSubmitted: 09/13/2018
Oneida County waives job vacancy review process to expedite replacing medical examiner
Lane Kimble
Lane Kimble
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lkimble@wjfw.com

RHINELANDER - Oneida County wants to "fast track" its replacement for its medical examiner, according to Public Safety Committee Chairman Mike Timmons.

Thursday morning, the Public Safety Committee approved waiving a mandatory six-month job vacancy review to fill the medical examiner job faster.  County Human Resources Director Lisa Charbarneau asked the committee to take up the vote, which she says is common practice for many department openings.


Mathein was placed on paid administrative leave in late August, about a week before Newswatch 12 learned of a Vilas County Sheriff's Office investigation into Mathein.  He resigned August 31.

Charbarneau asked county board chairman Dave Hintz for permission to post the job opening last week.  The job pays between $48,249 to $55,142 a year based on qualifications, according to the county website.

Charbarneau says the county hopes to interview candidates on Sept. 26.  She added the county is "anxious" to fill the job because it is a state-mandated position and department head role.

Deputy medical examiner Chrystal Schwab has stepped up to help with scheduling, while the Lincoln County ME's Office and a retiree from Forest County are offering their services to fill any gaps.

Mathein, who lost a primary election bid for sheriff to incumbent Grady Hartman on Aug. 14, told Newswatch 12 after his resignation he planned to release a statement on his departure the following week, but as of Thursday night he had not done so.


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