The Johnson County Medical Examiner (JCME) department has received full accreditation from the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME).

Johnson County is only the second of 99 counties in the state of Iowa to earn NAME accreditation. The Iowa office of the state medical examiner is also fully accredited by NAME. 

Of approximately 3,000 medicolegal death investigation systems nationwide, only 86 systems are NAME accredited.

“NAME accreditation is the professional pinnacle of a medical examiner’s office, and is rarely achieved. Our investigative and medical staff members demonstrate best practice every day for Johnson County,” said Dr. Marcus Nashelsky, Johnson County medical examiner. 

The primary function of JCME is to determine a scientifically-based cause and manner of death for every death that falls within its jurisdiction. 

The department consists of a medical examiner and deputy medical examiners, who must be licensed physicians. 

In Johnson County, the three medical examiners are board certified forensic pathologists and faculty members of the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. 

Additional department staff consist of a medical examiner administrative director, an investigative supervisor and medical examiner investigators (MEIs). 

MEIs conduct death investigations by gathering scene information and evidence, collecting medical records, conducting interviews, collecting specimens and making preliminary determinations of cause and manner of death. 

Adopt-A-Roadway

Johnson County’s Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management program is seeking groups and individuals interested in volunteering to clean up county roadsides by participating in the Adopt-A-Roadway program. 

Adopt-A-Roadway activities may take the form of litter pickup, wildflower and native prairie plantings, preservation of existing native plant communities, landscaping or erosion control projects, the improvement of wildlife habitats and the control of invasive weeds or brush within the right of way. 

These activities are generally labor intensive and expensive to complete using paid staff, and are often considered a lower priority than pavement maintenance or public safety needs. 

Adopt-A-Roadway volunteers assist the county in providing the most effective management of roadside areas and resources. 

Volunteers can adopt a specific section of a county road and are asked to make a two-year commitment to at least a one-mile stretch of road. 

Volunteers receive materials needed for litter cleanups, including signs, vests, bags and training information. 

Interested groups or individuals may contact Chris Henze, Johnson County roadside vegetation manager, at chenze@co.johnson.ia.us, 319-356-6046. 

Visit the Secondary Roads web page at www.johnson-county.com/roads and click on Roadside Vegetation Management for more information.

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