ORS 146.015¹
State Medical Examiner Advisory Board
  • appointment of Chief Medical Examiner
  • rules

(1) There is hereby established the State Medical Examiner Advisory Board.

(2) The board shall make policies for the administration of ORS 146.003 (Definitions for ORS 146.003 to 146.189 and 146.710 to 146.992) to 146.189 (Use of records to identify human remains and missing persons) and the Department of State Police shall adopt rules to effectuate the policies.

(3) The board shall recommend the name or names of pathologists to the Superintendent of State Police from which the superintendent shall appoint the Chief Medical Examiner.

(4) The board consists of 11 members appointed by the Governor who are:

(a) The Chair of the Department of Pathology of the Oregon Health and Science University, who is the chairperson of the board;

(b) The State Health Officer;

(c) A sheriff;

(d) A trauma physician recommended by the State Trauma Advisory Board;

(e) A pathologist;

(f) A district attorney;

(g) A funeral service practitioner and embalmer licensed by the State Mortuary and Cemetery Board;

(h) A chief of police;

(i) A member of the defense bar;

(j) A member of the public at large; and

(k) A member of one of the federally recognized Oregon Indian tribes.

(5) The members described in subsection (4)(a) and (b) of this section may serve as long as they hold their respective positions. The term of office of each member described in subsection (4)(c), (f) and (h) of this section is for four years, except that the position becomes vacant if the member ceases to be a sheriff, district attorney or chief of police, respectively. The terms of office of the other members of the State Medical Examiner Advisory Board are for four years.

(6) A member of the board is entitled to compensation and expenses as provided in ORS 292.495 (Compensation and expenses of members of state boards and commissions).

(7) The board shall meet annually at a time and place determined by the chairperson. The chairperson or any four members of the board may call a special meeting upon not less than one week’s notice to the members of the board.

(8) Six members of the board constitute a quorum. [1973 c.408 §2; 1995 c.744 §9; 2011 c.28 §1; 2017 c.151 §4]

Chapter 146

Law Review Cita­tions

10 WLJ 2-10 (1973)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 146—Investigations of Deaths, Injuries and Missing Persons, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors146.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2019, Chapter 146, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano146.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent. Currency Information