Whistleblower who filed complaint against Pierce County ME placed on leave

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TACOMA, Wash. — The deputy Pierce County medical examiner who filed a scathing complaint against her boss has been placed on administrative leave.

Dr. Megan Quinn, an associate ME and forensic pathologist, outlined major accusations against Dr. Thomas Clark in her complaint, alleging that he disregards forensic evidence, alters death certificates, lies to law enforcement and keeps copies of digital evidence without consent from investigative agencies.

Pierce County Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Clark (Photo courtesy Pierce County TV)

Thursday, Quinn was placed on paid leave pending the outcome of a misconduct investigation, Pierce County spokeswoman Libby Catalinich confirmed.

Catalinich said the investigation centers around the following:

  • A potential conflict of interest
  • Inappropriate workplace behavior including insubordination
  • Disclosure of confidential information
  • Violation of Pierce County Code 3.12.030 and/or
  • An alleged violation of the County’s EEO policy.

Some of the concerns that led to Quinn being placed on administrative leave were raised before she filed her whistleblower complaint, Catalinich said.

Joan Mell, Quinn’s attorney, told The News-Tribune that the investigation into her client is “outrageous.”

“Inexplicable. Dr. Clark is the one who needs to be out of office. We will be pursuing every judicial remedy available,” Mell said.

Dr. Clark, who has served as Pierce County Medical Examiner since 2010, has not responded to the complaint against him, but Catalinich said the county is investigating.

Read more about Quinn’s whistleblower complaint here.

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