Job Opening in Mississippi

Saturday, July 5th, 2008

The good news is that for the first time in more than a decade, Mississippi is looking for a real state medical examiner, instead of relying on the disreputable Dr. Steven Hayne to do the state’s autopsies in criminal cases.  The following job opening recently appeared on the Mississippi State Personnel Board:

Note: Must be certified in Forensic Patholgy (sic) by the
American Board of Pathology. Salary is negotiable.
You may apply electronically through this website
or mail your State of Mississippi application to the
Department of Public Safety
Attn: Human Resources
PO Box 958
Jackson MS 39205 

Unfortunately, the link to the opening takes you to a "file not found" page. 

The other problem is that the salary—$72,389.76—isn’t likely to attract many qualified candidates, particularly given the troubled history of the office, and that whoever gets the job is going to have a lot of cleaning up to do.

For comparison, the state of Alaska recently advertised for the same position with a salary and benefits package of $265,000.

The best hope for Mississippi is that an esteemed, possibly retired doctor takes the job despite the low salary solely for the good of the profession, and to put Dr. Hayne out of business. 

In the meantime, Hayne is still doing the vast majority of the state’s autopsies.

More on Dr. Hayne next week.

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5 Responses to “Job Opening in Mississippi”

  1. #1 |  jhc | 

    Comparing Mississippi to Alaska may not be valid. A better question is: What do Alabama, Louisiana and Arkansas pay their state medical examiners?

    It’s tough to get people to move to Alaska for a job (assuming they’re not natives). They have to be compensated for the remoteness and demanding conditions. This isn’t too say Alaska isn’t a great place but it is remote and does get pretty cold & dark.

    Back in the early 80s, during the construction of the oil pipeline, companies were paying electronics techs 5 times the rate paid in the lower 48.

  2. #2 |  Dave Hummels | 

    Well, I’d call that progress. Thanks for doing more than your share to hold Hayne accountable, Radley. For the sake of the living and dead in Mississippi, let’s hope this position is filled quickly w/ a qualified professional. The goal of a forensic practitioner (and I’m paraphrasing Barry Fisher, author of “Techniques of Crime Scene Investigation”) should be to get to the truth. Follow the evidence no matter where it leads. These investigators and scientists should not be prosecution OR defense-oriented, and should not be part of an old boy’s system, as apparently was the case w/ Dr. Hayne in MS.

  3. #3 |  Judi | 

    Devin Bennett, Jeffrey Havard (on death row), Henry Moses, Brett Jones (age 15 when sentenced) and Henry Moses (serving life sentences) are among few of Hayne’s HUNDREDS, if not THOUSANDS of victims. Innocent of the crimes Steven Hayne formulated in his own warped mind and careless, unethical, unprofessional unqualified ‘opinions’.

    How can we lay our heads down at night and sleep? How can we celebrate another holiday without justice for these people who languish everyday in a cell?

    God bless you Radley. I pray each day the GOD gives you the strength and wisdom to continue to fight for this long overdue justice.

    I am in touch with Devin and his attorney on a weekly basis. To say that Devin and Jeffrey are grateful to you is more than an understatement. You are the VOICE for those who have been silenced and condemned.


  4. #4 |  Matt Moore | 

    jhc – I checked and couldn’t find numbers for Louisiana or Alabama, but Florida and Virginia are both paying their pathologists a bit more than what Mississippi is offering.

    On a personal note, you couldn’t pay me enough to move to Mississippi. That is one humid fucking hellhole of a state.

  5. #5 |  Judi | 

    Matt, it’s about to get a WHOLE HELUVA LOT HOTTER darlin’!