HARTFORD, Conn., (AP) _ Connecticut’s chief medical examiner for more than two decades says he will step down when a new chief is appointed.

But Dr. H. Wayne Carver says he’s not surrendering his scalpel.

The 59-year-old Carver confirmed to The Associated Press he will stay on as a medical examiner, taking cases and testifying at trials. But he says he won’t miss government bureaucracy and administrative streamlining.

Carver is to meet with his staff Thursday to announce the search for his replacement. He would not comment further.

Carver has played a prominent role in the state’s most high-profile cases, including the Cheshire home invasion trials that sent two convicts to death row.

He joined the office in 1983 and served as interim chief for a year in 1986. Carver has headed the office since March 1989.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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