Reporting Marie Osborne
MACOMB COUNTY (WWJ) - The Macomb County Medical Examiner remains a controversial figure in the county, after missing a number of meetings.
Commissioners aren’t pleased with the performance of Daniel Spitz.
Spitz was questioned by members of the board for about two hours including inquiries into his contract which makes him the highest paid county employee.
The board went on to ask Spitz about the medical examiners office budget, and his side jobs which include private autopsies.
“Some people work 40 hours a week -other people work more,” Spitz told WWJ’s Marie Osborne.
“We would prefer Dr. Spitz to be a Macomb County employee – to work here – and benefit from him being here on a more permanent basis,” said Board Chairman David Flynn.
“Sure I’ve done this position since 2004 and I am happy to continue it,” said Spitz, whose contract expires in December.
“Personally I hope it goes out to bid to see who could apply for this and also, perhaps, to see in the contract to have a medical examiner that is more committed to Macomb County. 841,000 people, we have a large case load,” said Flynn.
Spitz was subpoenaed to appear before the board although Spitz told WWJ that he was never specifically asked to appear. “I am always willing to talk to the board,” he said.”As long as everyone respects each other.”
He told the board his take of the $377,000 contract is about $200,000.
This is not the first time that Spitz’s future with the county has come into question.