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SLO County hires new forensic pathologist

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The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office has hired a new medical examiner to perform autopsies and respond to homicides in the county.

The sheriff's office on Tuesday announced the hiring of Dr. Joye M. Carter. She will be a full-time forensic pathologist for the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff-Coroner's Office.

Dr. Carter is a triple board certified physician with more than 30 years of experience in forensic pathology and the first African-American to be appointed a chief medical examiner in U.S. history, the sheriff's office said in a statement.

Dr. Carter will be tasked with performing autopsies, medical inspections, and medical record reviews, her new employer says. She will also respond to homicide scenes, work on suspicious deaths, and provide court testimony related to cases she will have worked.

The sheriff's office also outlined Dr. Carter's work history: Deputy Chief Medical Examiner of the Armed Forces Medical Examiner Department, Chief Medical Examiner of the District of Columbia, and Chief Medical Examiner of Harris County (Houston), Texas. She relocated from Houston and began work Monday.

Dr. Carter is also a published author working on her fourth book, a U.S. Air Force veteran, and a graduate of Howard University College of Medicine and Wittenberg University.

Sheriff's spokesman Tony Cipolla says Dr. Carter is a full-time replacement for Dr. Gary Walter, who worked in a part-time capacity.

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