State's new medical examiner backs out of job; cites health

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Less than a week after announcing that it had hired a second certified forensic pathologist for the state medical examiner's office, Mississippi's Department of Public Safety says he has withdrawn because of illness.

Dr. Douglas Posey was hired as chief medical examiner, and officials said he'd begin work on Wednesday. Now, Commissioner Steve Simpson says, Posey told officials Friday that recent unexpected health problems kept him from taking the job.

The department said Posey will remain with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Simpson says Posey didn't show up Wednesday or Thursday, and he was finally able to reach Posey on Friday. He says Posey told him he was recovering from serious surgery.

Simpson would not identify Posey's medical condition.