Medical Examiner

Responsibilities
Dr. Norman Thiersch is both the medical examiner and department director. As a state and county authorized physician and forensic pathologist, the medical examiner handles the following tasks:
  • Investigates sudden, unexpected, violent, suspicious, or unnatural deaths
  • Determines the cause and manner of such deaths
  • Works in the interest of public health, safety, and welfare
Current Medical Examiner
Norman Thiersch M.D.
Chief Medical Examiner
The primary purpose of the Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office is to determine the cause and manner of death which are of concern to the public's health, safety, and welfare. The Medical Examiner is a physician and forensic pathologist who is authorized by state statute to investigate sudden, unexpected, violent, suspicious, or unnatural deaths of persons who die within the geographical boundaries of Snohomish County. An accurate determination of the cause and manner of death is essential to achieve our goals:
  • The innocent shall be exonerated
  • Homicide shall be recognized
  • Criminal and civil court proceedings will be provided with documented, sound, and impartial medical evidence
  • Unrecognized hazards to public health and safety shall be revealed
  • Industrial hazards should be exposed
Medical Examiner's Annual Report
Annual reports are a way to provide the public with information about our operations. We hope these statistics will be of value to you. If you have questions please feel free to contact our office.