Freeholders in Monmouth and Middlesex counties have entered into a 10 year agreement that has the Middlesex Medical Examiner’s Office performing autopsies for unexplained natural deaths and violent deaths that occur in Monmouth County. The office also preserves evidence, analyzes physical evidence and provides expert testimony in courts of law.
The agreement announced today extends a shared services partnership between the counties that was first instituted in 2009.
Monmouth County taxpayers will save $1 million over the term of the agreement which is part of the Freeholders’ ongoing effort to streamline costs and share services. Middlesex County taxpayers will see a $1.4 million per year benefit as a result of the agreement.
“State statute permits the regionalization of medical examiners offices, so we are taking advantage of our geographic proximity to merge with Middlesex’s state-of-the-art facility,” Monmouth County Freeholder Deputy Director Serena DiMaso said. “We have been working with the Middlesex office for the past seven years, so we know that this merger will work for both counties.” DiMaso is the Freeholder liaison to the Medical Examiner’s Office.
“Monmouth and Middlesex began this partnership with a shared service agreement in 2009,” Monmouth County Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone, the Share Services liaison, said. “The success of that arrangement has led both counties to commit to a 10-year merger for this necessary service.”
“Middlesex County has a long tradition of partnering with other entities for Shared Services agreements that make both financial sense and improve or increase services,” said Middlesex County Freeholder H. James Polos. “We constantly look for ways to work with municipalities, counties and even the State to serve our residents in the most efficient and effective way possible.”
The Medical Examiner’s Office is located in North Brunswick.