BURLINGTON, Vt. — The Vermont Health Department says the state’s chief medical examiner is on paid leave pending a Department of Human Resources investigation.

The Health Department said Friday that the investigation is “unrelated to medical practice.”

Chief Medical Examiner Steven Shapiro’s lawyer Brooks McArthur told the Burlington Free Press that Shapiro denies any wrongdoing. He says the investigation was initiated by a complaint alleging that Dr. Shapiro had created a hostile/intimidating work environment after he expressed displeasure to others working in the office after he became aware that a serious internal procedural error had occurred.

Shapiro’s leave started Tuesday.

He has been chief medical examiner since 2006, doing autopsies in homicides and other suspicious deaths and at times providing court testimony on those findings.

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