Hennepin County Board briefs

The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners met Tuesday, June 12.

Hennepin County Board actions includes summaries of only a portion of the total actions of the board, selected for general news interest.

Medical Examiner reappointed for next 4 years

The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners unanimously reappointed Dr. Andrew M. Baker as county Medical Examiner for the next four years.

Dr. Baker was first appointed to the position in 2004 and again in 2008. His expertise and leadership are recognized nationally, and he is currently utilizing those skills as president of the National Association of Medical Examiners.

The Medical Examiner provides death investigative and forensic autopsy services for deaths that occur under Hennepin jurisdiction. By law, all deaths that are sudden or unexpected or occur from other than natural causes must be reported to the Medical Examiner.

The office received reports of approximately 4,100 deaths last year. The Medical Examiner has the authority to decide whether an autopsy is necessary in each case. Approximately 33 percent of reported deaths are determined to be within the Medical Examiner’s jurisdiction, and about 18 percent of reported cases – 709 – resulted in autopsies last year.

Approximately 38 percent of the cases investigated last year were natural deaths; approximately 40 percent were accidental. Fewer than 4 percent were homicides.

Volunteers appointed to advisory boards

The board appointed the following residents to serve on citizen advisory boards: