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News Flash • Dr. Michael Madsen Appointed Chief Medical Exam

Coconino County Health and Human Services (CCHHS) is pleased to announce that Dr. Michael Madsen has assumed the role of Chief Medical Examiner following the retirement of Dr. Lawrence Czarnecki.

The Coconino County Board of Supervisors, at its March 5, 2024 board meeting, appointed Dr. Michael Madsen as Chief Medical Examiner for Coconino County pursuant to ARS 11-592 beginning March 2, 2024.

Dr. Madsen has served as an Assistant Coconino County Coroner for over six years. He is board certified in anatomy and forensic pathology and previously worked at the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office in Ramsey, Minnesota. He graduated from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine in 2006 and then completed his pathology residency at the University of Vermont. He then completed a forensic pathology fellowship at the Hennepin County Coroner's Office in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

“Coconino County Health and Human Services is excited to welcome Dr. Madsen as Chief Medical Examiner. We would also like to thank Dr. Czarnecki for his incredibly positive impact on our county and its residents. We would like to congratulate him on his retirement,” said Kim Musselman, Coconino County Health and Human Services Director.

During his 19 years as Coconino County's Chief Medical Examiner, Dr. Czarnecki played a central role in numerous initiatives to meet the growing needs of Coconino County residents and neighboring jurisdictions. His vision and expertise helped make our current state-of-the-art facility a reality. He was also instrumental in helping the Office of the Medical Examiner obtain accreditation from the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME). This recognition recognizes our policies and processes and the hard work and dedication of our team.

We are recruiting for an assistant medical examiner. If you are interested, please learn more or apply here.

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