Following a nationwide search, Dr. Mark A. Fajardo has been selected Pierce County’s Medical Examiner, pending confirmation by the Pierce County Council.
Dr. Fajardo, currently the Chief Forensic Pathologist for the Riverside County Sheriff Coroner in Calif., has practiced forensic pathology for twenty years. Prior to his position at Riverside County, Fajardo spent three years as the Chief Medical Examiner at Los Angeles County.
“I’m delighted to welcome Dr. Fajardo to Pierce County,” said Executive Bruce Dammeier. “He brings an impressive combination of technical skill, a collaborative nature and strong administrative experience to his new role.”
Dammeier added that he was grateful to Carol Mitchell, Senior Counsel for Justice Services, and Peter Asai, Recruitment Manager for Human Resources, for their dedication to sourcing and finding candidates in a very competitive market. “Carol and Peter personally crisscrossed the U.S. and brought an innovative and effective approach to recruitment rarely seen in this field.”
By his own count, Dr. Fajardo has performed more than 6,500 autopsies, including more than 400 homicide cases. He has provided expert testimony in many civil, federal and criminal cases.
“I know the effort and diligence that was given to the recruitment, and I hope that I live up to the people's expectations and that I serve Pierce County to the best of my ability,” said Fajardo. “I look forward to the challenge of providing timely, accurate death investigation that serves the public with compassion and respect.”
Dr. Fajardo, board certified by the American Board of Pathology, earned his M.D. from UC Davis Medical School and is a Fellow of the National Association of Medical Examiners. He also serves as a board member of the California State Coroners Association.
Fajardo is a Los Angeles native and will relocate to Pierce County in early 2020.
Libby Catalinich, Director, Office of Communications