Wecht Wants Job As Medical Examiner Back

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — He was the Allegheny County medical examiner before a federal prosecutor indicted him on corruption charges.

But now that the charges have been dropped, and the term of the current medical examiner has expired, Cyril Wecht says he wants his job back.

“It’s far more than just being restored to a position that was rightfully mine, which I would be enjoying today if I had not been forced to resign – think of it that way,” said Wecht.

He was forced to resign after federal agents seized records from his office and he was later indicted on corruption charges.

But after a hung jury, a mistrial, most of the charges thrown out by a judge and the remaining charges dropped, Wecht says he wants the job back.

However, there is a current medical examiner, Karl Williams, whose term expired at the end of last year. He is technically the acting medical examiner until a new one is appointed. He too is a candidate.

The man who has the power to decide is Allegheny County Executive. The current county executive, Dan Onorato, asked Wecht to resign and appointed Williams.

Onorato was non-committal but not dismissive of Wecht’s request.

“I think he’s extremely qualified and I understand based on the circumstances why he’d want his job back; and you know, it’s something I’ll consider but you know we have somebody there right now too who is also very good,” said Onorato.

Wecht is now 80-years-old. Williams is 63.

“I have all the energy in the world and this job is not frightening to me,” said Wecht. “It would be demanding, but it would be something that I would accept and undertake with great, great delight.

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  • pittgirl

    He should have it back..

  • eddiethesnitch

    My recollection is that Dr W agreed to resign if he was indicted, which probably was the correct thing to do. NOW the correct thing to do is reinstate him to that position because the fed prosecutor failed to acquit him and has opted not to retry him. Case closed — everything goes back to square one — unless, of course, the usual Pgh political game-playing and vendetta continues.

  • pittnorth

    Bring him back, he is the only one worth holding such a position!

  • "LMR"

    Cyril W. Is very much deserving of his position&having it back. I would like to know who is Dr.Xu Xu&is this person potential qualified the same? I was hurt to know that he was on trial&dealing with the charges. It will be as it should be eventually!

  • HC 1

    Wecht did agree to resign if he was indicted and did so. He didn’t sign an agreement saying if he was acquitted or charges withdrawn or dropped he could have his old job back.
    There’s a new ME and obviously doing a great job. You don’t just throw this guy out because the other was cleared.

    Wecht should be considered as he is one of the best.

  • servantoftruth

    “I think he’s extremely qualified” That’s very generous. The man was booted due to trumped up charges. He should absolutely get his position back.

  • Tom

    He should get it back! Go Cyril! Get ready to have your thesaurus handy once he starts talking!

  • Buttpain

    He should retire….. He’s a pontificating pain in the ass

  • 1-2-3

    He’s 80 years old, time to retire.

  • tim t

    He should retire.

  • Mayor of GBD

    he is a self serving, pompous, windbag.

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