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Caldwell names new chief medical examiner

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 01:33 a.m. HST, Jul 09, 2013

Mayor Kirk Caldwell says he's appointing a Northern California forensic pathologist to be the city's new medical examiner.

Dr. Christopher B. Happy's appointment must be confirmed by the Honolulu City Council. The city said Monday it will announce Happy's start date once he is licensed to practice in Hawaii. He's expected to get his license in a few months.

Honolulu hasn't had a chief medical examiner since Dr. Kanthi De Alwis retired in 2009.

The city raised the annual salary for the job to $250,000 after struggling to find qualified candidates for the position.

The city says Happy is currently employed as a consulting forensic pathologist in Northern California.

He's previously been assistant medical examiner in San Francisco and chief medical examiner in Milwaukee.

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juscasting wrote:
I bet he's Happy to get this job!
on July 8,2013 | 01:31PM
copperwire9 wrote:
Probably. And I'll just bet he's heard that one before, maybe a hundred million times or so? In any event, I'll be 'happy' to have that important position filled.
on July 8,2013 | 02:17PM
Anonymous wrote:
over $20,000.00 a month plus government benefits - haven't had this position since 2009 - is it really needed? contract it out...
on July 8,2013 | 03:58PM
copperwire9 wrote:
UH football coach Norm Chow makes $550,000/year, or in EXCESS of $45,000/month for...what? Maybe we should contract that out too. What say?
on July 8,2013 | 08:14PM
Uncleart66 wrote:
New meaning to having a happy ending in Hawaii.............
on July 8,2013 | 02:58PM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
I knew a guy who was a medical examiner. His wife made him quit his job because he kept bringing work home. Badda bing!
on July 8,2013 | 04:19PM
mikethenovice wrote:
But he was a vegan?
on July 9,2013 | 04:49AM
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