The Macomb Daily

Former deputy ME to replace Spitz

Move marks first time in decades a Spitz won’t be in post

- By Jameson Cook jcook@medianewsg­

The former deputy medical examiner in Macomb County who recently left will likely return as the new chief medical examiner.

Dr. Mary Pietrangel­o has been tentativel­y hired after she left the office last October as the deputy to

Dr. Daniel Spitz, who resigned after serving in the post for nearly 20 years. She was part of the Spitz Pathology Group.

“Dr. Pietrangel­o brings a wealth of experience and expertise to her new role, and her extensive background in forensic pathology and medicine will contribute significan­tly to the office’s mission,” says a news release from the office of Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Mary E. Pietrangel­o in her new role as the chief medical examiner,” Hackel said in the release. “Her experience and dedication to forensic pathology in and around Macomb County make her an invaluable asset to our team, and we look forward to the positive impact she will have in bringing her leadership to the Macomb County Medical Examiner’s Office.”

The appointmen­t must be approved by the county Board of Commission­ers, where Andrew Cox, county Health and Community Services director, is expected to propose it Feb. 6 for committee approval and

Feb. 15 for final approval. Board support is expected.

Dr. Pietrangel­o has served as deputy medical examiner under Spitz in both Macomb and St. Clair counties since 2012. Her experience includes a tenure as a family physician in private practice and various roles in medical organizati­ons and committees.

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