For Immediate Release
October 22, 2019
Kate Flavin


Rohrig Retiring from Regional Forensic Science Center After 36 Years of Service

(Sedgwick County, Kan.) – Regional Forensic Science Center (RFSC) Director and Chief Toxicologist Dr. Tim Rohrig will retire at the end of this month after 36 years of service to the forensic science community and 19 years of service to Sedgwick County.

“Dr. Rohrig has served the criminal justice community with dedication and distinction for over three decades,” said Assistant County Manager of Public Safety Rusty Leeds. “We appreciate his willingness to mentor graduate students and young professionals. He will be missed.”

Dr. Rohrig was hired by Sedgwick County in 2000 as Chief Toxicologist and Director of Forensic Science Laboratories. For the past 10 years, he has also served as Director of the RFSC. Through his leadership, the RFSC has received and maintained accreditation from National Associate of Medical Examiners (NAME), The American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors-Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD), and ANSI National Accreditation Board. He recently published his book, “Postmortem Toxicology: Challenges and Interpretive Considerations.”  

In addition to serving as the Director, Rohrig has served as adjunct/visiting faculty at University of Lincoln (United Kingdom), Wichita State University, and the University of Kansas while working for Sedgwick County.

He received his PhD in Pharmaceutical Science from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is also one of the few board certified toxicologist in the region.

Dr. Shelly Steadman will become the Interim Director following Rohrig’s retirement until a permanent one is hired. Dr. Steadman has nearly 22 years of service to Sedgwick County and has been the Technical Leader of the DNA laboratory for more than 18 years.  

The RFSC provides pathologist directed autopsies to determine cause and manner of death of those individuals who die and come under the jurisdiction (violent or questionable deaths) of the District Coroner. The Center also serves as the “crime laboratory” for all law enforcement agencies within Sedgwick County. It has 39 FTEs and a 2019 Revised Budget of $4.4 million.