County nixes forensic pathologist position, for now

(Lander, Wyo.) – Plans for the Fremont County Coroner’s Office to hire a forensic pathologist have died for now. At last night’s public budget hearing, Coroner Ed McAuslan informed the Fremont County Commission that the candidate who showed the most interest in the position declined to accept the offer, hoping for a boost in salary of $50,000.

McAuslan said its hard for the county to compete with forensic pathologist salaries in other parts of the country, where salaries can exceed more than $200,000 with more benefits than Fremont County can offer. His office was attempting to find a candidate to take the job for $100,000.

McAuslan suggested the county could either raise the amount that it’s offering for the position or abandon the project. Today, the commission opted not to raise the salary, but there was a consensus that perhaps more research and firmer revenue projections be made for continuing consideration.

The coroner’s budget was quickly restructured this morning before final approval. McAuslan, who was not present today, suggested on Monday evening that the salary funds be used to pay for travel and autopsy costs for the coming year.