Oneida County investigating complaints against medical examiner
BY EILEEN PERSIKE
Oneida County Medical Examiner Larry Mathein has been placed on paid administrative leave, effective Aug. 23, according to county human resources director Lisa Charbarneau, who stated the county has received some information regarding Mathein that will be investigated.
Earlier this month news outlets reported that Oneida County Supervisor Jack Sorenson filed a complaint against Mathein, who was also a sheriff candidate, alleging he was campaigning during work hours inside the courthouse. Charbarneau would not go into detail, but said there has been more than one complaint filed against Mathein.
When contacted via email Aug. 23, Mathein indicated he is unable to comment. He also responded to WXPR news earlier this month that he had nothing further to say so as not to enflame the situation while the investigation is going on.
Charbarneau said she will be heading the investigation, which will also include a representative from the Corporation Counsel’s office and Oneida County Board Chairman Dave Hintz. Because Mathein is a department head, the only way an investigation can move forward is by direction of the county board.
Depending on the outcome of the investigation, Charbarneau said, the matter would be taken up by the County’s Public Safety Committee.