- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

DOVER, Del. (AP) - State officials have hired Philadelphia’s deputy chief medical examiner to become Delaware’s new chief medical examiner.

Officials on Wednesday announced the hiring of Dr. Gary Collins. Collins, who lives in Newark, is a board-certified forensic pathologist.

Collins replaces Richard Callery, who was targeted in a criminal investigation involving possible misuse of state resources and was fired for misconduct in July amid an evidence-tampering scandal in Delaware’s drug testing lab.

The scandal resulted in the arrests of two state employees and prompted dismissals or plea bargains in several drug cases. It also led lawmakers to abolish Callery’s office and replace it with a new Division of Forensic Science.

Officials said Wednesday that they expect the drug lab, which was closed in February by Delaware State Police, to reopen on Oct. 2.

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