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Governor Matt Bevin has reappointed ALJ Jane Rice Williams as administrative law judge, but has declined to reappoint Judge Thomas Polites, Judge Steven Bolton or Judge Otto Daniel Wolff. The executive order reappointing Williams was filed on May 11, 2016.


The Kentucky Senate adjourned last week without considering the reappointment of ALJs Greg Allen, Scott Borders and Udell Levy.  As such, these ALJs will not be reappointed and three ALJ vacancies will now need to be filled. The Senate did confirm the reappointment of Rebekka B. Rechter  as Board Member for a new four year term.

The Senate has also confirmed the reappointments of the following ALJs for four year terms: Christopher Davis, Douglas W. Gott, Tanya Pullin , Grant S. Roark and Jonathan Weatherby.

ALJs Thomas Polites, Otto Daniel Wolff, IV, Jane Rice Williams and Steven G. Bolton are also up for reappointment and have been recommended for such by the Workers’ Compensation Nominating Commission.

The Workers’ Compensation Nominating Commission is comprised of William Grover Arnett, Chairperson; Charles J. Baird; Sherri P. Brown-Keller; Robert W. Carlisle; Brockton L. Edwards; Charles E. McCoy and McKinnley Morgan.

The Kentucky Workers’ Compensation Nominating Commission has recommended nine individuals to the Governor for consideration as candidates to fill three vacant ALJ positions.  Candidates recommended for filling the position presently held by Caroline Pitt Clark are Udell B. Levy, a Louisville attorney; Greg Schabell, a Northern Kentucky attorney who was previously recommended by the WCNC for appointment; and Jane Rice Williams, a Harlan attorney with Rice, Hendrickson & Williams.  Candidates recommended for filling the position currently held by Richard Joiner are William Bruce Cowden, Jr., a former ALJ and a former Workers’ Compensation Board Member; Thomas G. Polites, a Lexington attorney with Wilson, Polites and McQueen; and Tyra L. Redus, a Louisville attorney who was previously recommended by the WCNC for appointment.Candidates recommended for filling the position of Joseph W. Justice are Steven G. Bolton, a Frankfort attorney; William E. Brown, II, a Lexington attorney with the firm of Casey Bailey & Maines and Richard Couch, an Eastern Kentucky attorney.


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