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• June 2007: Kevin Rowland, the office's chief investigator, sends a letter to funeral directors and district attorneys warning of dire consequences if the medical examiner, Dr. Jeffery Gofton, goes through with his plans to resign. Rowland cites a backlog of autopsies and a shortage of funds and says the agency will lose its national accreditation. Legislators later approve nearly $1 million in emergency funding, including almost $50,000 for Gofton, who withdraws his resignation.
• June 2008: Gofton quits amid concerns about his plan, never enacted, to shut down the Tulsa branch of the medical examiner's office. He later says he was forced out by lack of funding and Tulsa-area legislators and law enforcement. He had survived an investigative audit into organ harvesting, which found no wrongdoing, and an attempt to place the office under the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.
• March 2009: Facing increasing criticism and the possibility of criminal charges, Rowland resigns, citing job stress. So does a receptionist who was a convicted felon.
• July 2009: The medical examiner's office loses its accreditation by the National Association of Medical Examiners, which finds 22 deficiencies; even one would've been grounds for pulling the accreditation. A few weeks later, Rob Deaton, who took over as interim chief investigator after Rowland quit, allegedly threatens to shoot someone at the Tulsa office, sparking a lockdown. The multicounty grand jury charges Rowland with four counts of sexual battery in Tulsa and one count in Oklahoma City; he is accused of touching three colleagues, two women and a man. He later pleads not guilty and is released on bail.
• January-March: Tom Jordan is hired in January to serve as the chief administrative officer of the office. It's a new position. Jordan, formerly the deputy director of the OSBI, clashes with Dr. Collie M. Trant, the medical examiner. Trant is fired on Feb. 5 and later files a wrongful termination lawsuit, which is pending in Oklahoma City federal court. About two weeks later, Tulsa prosecutors change one of the charges against Rowland from sexual battery to first-degree rape. Four days after that, budget director Steve Slater is fired and Dr. Eric Duvall, the acting medical examiner, resigns. Legislators request an emergency audit of the office, which finds no evidence of fraud or criminal activity.
• April-May: A House committee decides to relocate the medical examiner's office from Oklahoma City to Edmond. It will be near the University of Central Oklahoma Forensic Science Institute. Jordan resigns on May 24 to take a job in the private sector. Rowland is acquitted of improperly touching a male co-worker. A juror calls the case a waste of taxpayer money. Rowland's attorney says his client will sue the state, although he still faces the Tulsa charges.
• June: Dr. Andrew Sibley is named the interim medical examiner. Gov. Brad Henry vetoes two bills that are the focus of a criminal corruption probe; both are associated with the medical examiner's office. Rep. Mike Christian, R-Oklahoma City; Sen. Debbe Leftwich, D-Oklahoma City, and Rep. Randy Terrill, R-Moore, are under investigation. Compiled by Staff Writer Ken Raymond