State attorney Amira Fox named to Medical Examiners Commission
Amira Fox, Twentieth Circuit State Attorney, has been named to the state Medical Examiners Commission.
Fox was one of seven appointees named by Governor Ron DeSantis on Friday. The others named included Michael Barnett, Charles Cofer, Robert “Bob” Johnson, Robin Sheppard, Dr. Joshua Stephany, and Dr. Barbara Wolf to the Medical Examiners Commission.
Previously, she was the Chief Assistant and Deputy Chief Assistant with the Twentieth Circuit State Attorney’s Office. She is a current member of the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association and the Southwest Florida Police Chiefs Association. Fox earned her bachelor’s degree in economics and international studies from American University and her juris doctor from George Washington University.
The Twentieth Circuit State Attorney's office covers Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee counties.
The nine-member Medical Examiners Commission, listed under the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, is composed of the following categories (*appointed by the governor):
- Two licensed physicians who are active district medical examiners *
- One licensed funeral director *
- One state attorney *
- One public defender *
- One sheriff *
- One county commissioner *
- The Attorney General or designated proxy
- The Secretary of Health or designated proxy
As part of its statutorily mandated duties, the Medical Examiners Commission has certain disciplinary oversight of medical examiner activities. Commission staff provides assistance to Commission members on issues related to the statutory mandates of the Commission, legislative issues, maintenance of Commission Rules and other administrative issues.
The Commission interacts with local, state and federal agencies in an effort to enhance medical examiners’ role of assisting the citizens of Florida in the area of death investigations and reporting.
The other appointees:
Barnett is a Palm Beach County Commissioner and an attorney for Shiner Law Group. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Republican Party of Palm Beach County. He has also served as Committeeman, Secretary, and Vice Chair of the Republican Party of Palm Beach County. Barnett earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida and his juris doctor from the University of Miami School of Law.
Cofer is the Fourth Judicial Circuit Public Defender. He is a former Duval County Judge and previously served as the Assistant Public Defender for the Fourth Judicial Circuit. Cofer earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and zoology from Duke University and his juris doctor from the University of Virginia.
Robert “Bob” Johnson
Johnson is the Sheriff of Santa Rosa County. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force and currently serves as president of the First Judicial Circuit Law Enforcement Association. Johnson earned his bachelor's and master’s degrees in criminal justice from Kaplan University.
Sheppard is the Funeral Director of Hardage-Giddens Funeral Homes. She is a former Policy Board Member and current member of the National Funeral Directors Association. Sheppard earned her associate degree in mortuary science from Gupton College.
Dr. Joshua Stephany
Dr. Stephany is the District 9 Medical Examiner. He is a current Fellow of the National Association of Medical Examiners and previously served as the President of the Florida Association of Medical Examiners. Dr. Stephany earned his bachelor's degree from the University of New Hampshire and his Doctor of Medicine from St. George’s University.
Dr. Barbara Wolf
Dr. Wolf is the District 5 Medical Examiner and District 24 Interim District Medical Examiner. She is a current Fellow of the National Association of Medical Examiners and is a current member of the American Society for Clinical Pathology. Dr. Wolf earned her bachelor's degree and her Doctor of Medicine from Boston University.
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