FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 14, 2016) – Labor Secretary Derrick Ramsey today announced the appointment of Ervin Dimeny of Louisville as Commissioner for the Department of Workplace Standards.
Dimeny served the past eight years as manager of Court Interpreting Services for Kentucky’s Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) where he oversaw the Kentucky Court of Justice Language Access Program and administered the interpreter training and certification program.
“Ervin is a consensus-builder whose background includes bringing diverse stakeholders together,” said Secretary Ramsey. “His ability to manage the cabinet’s compliance resources, communicate safe workplace procedures, while also promoting career readiness through our registered apprenticeships across the state, will be essential to meeting our goal of empowering and protecting Kentucky’s workforce. Ervin’s leadership will be a big asset to not only the Labor Cabinet, but to the entire Commonwealth.”
Under his leadership, the interpreter training and certification program received broad acclaim for its collaborative efforts with universities and industry experts to create standards and best practices for training interpreters, judges and practitioners. These initiatives proved effective in helping the AOC meet the growing demand for language access in Kentucky’s courts. In this role, he worked closely with the Office of the General Counsel on various federal and state laws related to compliance matters.
Dimeny received a bachelor’s degree from the Hungarian Baptist Theological Seminary, a Master’s of Divinity in Theology from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law.
The Department of Workplace Standards has the primary responsibility of enforcing Kentucky’s occupational safety and health laws, wage and hour laws, child labor laws, and administering the state’s registered apprenticeship programs.