Brazos County commissioners are hearing that the estimated cost of building a medical examiner’s office to perform autopsies will be more than $22 million.
County Judge Duane Peters is considering more than $40 million in federal pandemic grants as a funding source.
The commission’s consultant has proposed a 16,000 square foot building that could open as early as 2026.
By 2030, the office is expected to perform 204 autopsies per year for Brazos County and another 104 autopsies per year for surrounding counties.
The office would start with six employees, earning a total of $472,000 a year, not including county benefits.
Commissioner Steve Aldrich raised the idea of adding a lab, which was not included in the consultant’s report.
Click HERE to read and download the report presented by the consultant of the departmental commission during the commission meeting of July 26, 2022.
Click below for comments from Duane Peters and Steve Aldrich at the July 26, 2022 commission meeting.