Board of Supervisors appoints Ann Bucholtz as Medical Examiner

VENTURA, Calif. – The Board of Supervisors approved the appointment of Dr. Ann Bucholtz as the County’s new Medical Examiner today following a closed session discussion. County Executive Officer Michael Powers brought the appointment to the Board.

“Dr. Bucholtz is exactly the type of person were looking for,” said Powers. “She brings extensive experience in forensic pathology and has worked in similar positions for other county governments for many years.”

Bucholtz, 61, is a resident of Ventura and has worked under contract for the County of Ventura since 2013 as a forensic pathologist. Previously she served as the Assistant Chief Medical Examiner for the Alberta Office of the Chief Medical Officer, a forensic pathologist for the County of Merced, Medical Examiner for Maricopa County in the state of Arizona and the Chief Medical Examiner for Davidson County in the state of Tennessee.

Her medical degree is from the Indiana University School of Medicine. She has a specialty in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, and a sub-specialty in Forensic Pathology, from the University of Arizona. Bucholtz is Board of Pathology-certified in Anatomic, Clinical and Forensic Pathology. She has also taught extensively at a number of colleges and universities and has authored or co-authored multiple books in the field of forensic science.

“We feel confident we’ve found the right person for the job,” said Powers. “Dr. Bucholtz has the right combination of professional, managerial and personnel skills to run this critical office. The selection process was extremely rigorous and her name quickly rose to the top of the list.”

Bucholtz will begin her official duties as the Ventura County Chief Medical Examiner on November 23, 2015 with an annual salary of $270,000.

The role of the Medical Examiner’s Office is to accurately determine the cause, manner and circumstances of deaths that occur in Ventura County. The office works to identify people who have passed away, and locate and notify next-of-kin in timely and compassionate manner.

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