By Associated Press - Saturday, July 11, 2015

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) - Ventura County’s chief medical examiner has been dismissed as authorities probe allegations that unauthorized post-mortem procedures were conducted by his office.

The Ventura County Star reports (https://bit.ly/1dTf9xU) Dr. Jon Smith will be out of a job starting Aug. 31.

He was relieved of his duties in late June and placed on leave amid an investigation of the medical examiner’s office.

The county district attorney’s office declined to release details.

The Star previously reported that the probe partly involves an allegation that Smith signed a report for an autopsy performed in Louisiana, where he isn’t licensed to practice.



The newspaper said Smith held down the $260,000-per-year job while also earning about $300,000 as a contracted forensic pathologist in neighboring Santa Barbara County.

A call to Smith has not been returned.

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