EDMOND — Gov. Mary Fallin continues to back the construction of a new state medical examiner's office in Edmond, she told members of the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce during a Tuesday luncheon.
“I am hopeful we find the money to build a medical examiner's office in Edmond that has been talked about for many, many years. It is something I support and endorse.”
Edmond leaders have been pushing for years to build the new medical examiner's office on the University of Central Oklahoma campus across the street from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation's forensic laboratory. The nationally recognized Forensic Science Institute also is on the Edmond campus.
Leaders would like to make Edmond a forensic science hub.
The Legislature two years ago approved moving the medical examiner's office to Edmond, but provided no funding for the move.
UCO officials have come up with a plan to sell bonds through the state regents' master lease program to construct the building on the campus. A house committee last month decided not to kill the idea, meaning there is hope state leaders can nail down the funding for a new office that would help the agency regain its accreditation.