DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – The University of Michigan has agreed to manage the operations of the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office as part of an effort to improve service.

The Wayne County Commission on Thursday approved a three-year, $16.7 million contract for the office, which conducts around 2,500 forensic examinations a year.

Under the agreement, which takes effect Oct. 1, Wayne County will continue to appoint the chief medical examiner. The county says its staff will be offered the opportunity to become employees of the University of Michigan Health System. The office’s operations will remain in Detroit.

Operations will remain at the existing Wayne County Medical Examiner’s facility, located at 1300 E. Warren Ave., in Detroit.

Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano said the agreement will further expand and enhance improvements and academic programs at the office, which has partnered with the University of Michigan Health System since 2011.

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