(Left) Former San Joaquin County forensic pathologist Dr. Susan Parson. (Right) San Joaquin County Sheriff Steve Moore. Parson claimed in a resignation letter that Moore attempted to control and influence professional conclusions for autopsy results and created a work environment that was "personally unbearable and professionally unsustainable." (Photos: Courtesy of the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office)

A forensic pathologist for San Joaquin County resigned Monday, claiming the county’s sheriff attempted to control and influence professional conclusions for autopsy results.

In a resignation letter obtained by ABC10 News, Dr. Susan Parson described the behavior Steve Moore, San Joaquin County Sheriff, created as a work environment that is, “personally unbearable and professionally unsustainable.”

Parson claims Sheriff Moore inserted himself into how and when the forensic pathologists could conduct medical duties, “with attempts to control and influence our professional judgment and conclusions.”

Her resignation comes little over a year since she began working as a forensic pathologist with the county.

“This ultimately undermines the overall competence of the Coroner’s Office in conducting objective death investigation for the County,” Parson wrote.

Parson conducted autopsies alongside Dr. Bennet Omalu, the physician and neuropathologist who discovered chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and inspired the Will Smith movie, “Concussion.” She added she is “certain” Omalu will be unable to continue to work for the county under Sheriff Moore, given the conditions.

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