Alaska rescinds offer to new medical examiner

Posted: Wednesday, September 26, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska has rescinded its offer to hire Dr. James Dibdin and reopened its search for a new medical examiner.

The state health department in a statement said Monday that it discovered that Dibdin did not provide a complete employment history.

The Department of Health and Social Services said Dibdin's incomplete history impaired ''the state's ability to make a fully-informed hiring decision.''

Julie Penn, spokeswoman for the agency, said the department couldn't release more information because it was a personnel matter.

The state Department of Health and Social Services spent eight months searching for a new medical examiner after Dr. Michael Propst retired from the position in January. In August, health commissioner Karen Perdue announced the state had chosen Dibdin. He was to begin Oct. 1.

Dibdin e-mailed the Anchorage Daily News on Tuesday in which he characterized the issue as ''very minor.''

''I wish them well in recruiting someone who suits them. I have suffered only minor inconvenience and have no hard feelings,'' he said.

The state chose Dibdin, 51, reporting that he was from Scotland with degrees in law, public administration and medicine. He's also board certified in anatomic and forensic pathology. He spent the past decade working as a private-contract forensic pathologist in California.

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