Los Angeles County coroner Mark Fajardo says he is leaving the job after less than three years and he says the department's chronic understaffing is part of the reason. "Ultimately, I wasn’t supplied the resources I need to perform my job duties,” Fajardo told the LA Times. “Every year we made requests for positions that needed to be filled…. Each year we were not supplied the personnel we need.” Fajado was hired in the summer of 2013 from Riverside County, and billed at the time as a future star who had roots on the Eastside.
KCAL 9 reported Fajardo's impending resignation and that he has been under scrutiny for the the backlog of cases. "Los Angeles County Coroner Mark Fajardo has resigned amid heavy scrutiny of the office....Sources have said the 'toxicologoly lab is mismanaged, and in dire straights.' One source sent photos showing up to 400 cases waiting to be reviewed."
Fajardo says he will submit his resignation in the next few days and has a job offer but wouldn't discuss it.