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 UPDATE:  Governor appoints Jones, Weatherby and Rudloff to fill vacant ALJ positions. 

The Kentucky Workers’ Compensation Nominating Commission (WCNC) has made nine recommendations to fill three vacant Administrative Law Judge positions with the Department of Workers’ Claims, all for terms to end December 31, 2015.

To fill the ALJ position presently held by James L. Kerr, whose term expires December 31, 2011, the WCNC recommended Allison Emerson Jones, Tyra I. Redus and Peter J. Naake.  Jones is a Louisville attorney formerly with Stites & Harbison.  Redus is presently employed by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Office of Civil Rights .  Naake is a Louisville attorney with the plaintiff’s workers’ compensation firm of Priddy, Cutler, Miller & Meade, PLLC.

The WCNC recommended Jonathan R. Weatherby,  Samuel J. Bach and John W. Mann to fill the ALJ position presently held by Lawrence F. Smith, recently appointed to the Kentucky Workers’ Compensation Board.  Weatherby is assistant general counsel with Thomas & King of Lexington, Kentucky.  Bach is a Henderson attorney with the firm of Bach Hamilton & Armstrong LLP.   Mann is a former DWC arbitrator and current Chief Specialist with the DWC’s Division of Ombudsman & Workers’ Compensation Specialists Services.

To fill the ALJ position presently held by Howard E. Frasier, Jr., whose term expires December 31, 2011, the WCNC recommended William J. Rudloff, Gregory N. Schabell and Laura R. Beasley. Rudloff is a plaintiff’s attorney in Bowling Green Kentucky.   Schabell is a Northern Kentucky plaintiff’s attorney.  Beasley is an attorney with U’sellis & Kitchen, a workers’ compensation defense firm in Louisville, Kentucky.

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The Kentucky Workers’ Compensation Nominating Commission has advised the Governor of its recommendation of three individuals for consideration for an appointment as a workers’ compensation Administrative Law Judge for a term expiring December 31, 2011.

The nominees are:  Edward D. Hays, John Wesley Mann, and Tram Runnels. 

Hays is a workers’ compensation practitioner and partner with the Danville, Kentucky firm of Sheehan, Barnett, Hays, Dean and Pennington, P.S.C.  Hays was previously nominated for the position of Commissioner of the Department of Workers’ Claims.   Hays is a 1973 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law.

Mann, an Eastern Kentucky native, is Assistant General Counsel with the Kentucky Department of Workers’ Claims, serving as the Chief Workers’ Compensation Specialist in the Division of Ombudsman and Workers’ Compensation Specialist Services. Mann is a graduate of the University of Louisville School of Law.  In 1997, he was an Arbitrator with the Department of Workers’ Claims.

Runnels is a Western Kentucky attorney. 

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