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Acting commissioner named for Department of Workers’ Claims

Effective April 1

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 15, 2017) — Labor Secretary Derrick Ramsey today announced the appointment of Chief Administrative Law Judge Robert L. Swisher as acting commissioner for the Department of Workers’ Claims, effective April 1.

Swisher, raised in Lexington, is a 1976 graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a 1979 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law. From 1979-1990, he was engaged in a general civil practice law in Versailles. From 1991-2009 he practiced in Lexington concentrating in civil litigation and workers’ compensation — representing both plaintiffs and defendants. In January 2010, he was appointed as an Administrative Law Judge for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. On Dec. 1, 2014, he was appointed Chief Administrative Law Judge.

Swisher is a member of the National Association of Workers’ Compensation Judiciary, the Southern Association of Workers’ Compensation Administrators, and has been elected as a Fellow in the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers.

The Department of Workers’ Claims is the agency charged with the administration and exclusive jurisdiction over workers’ compensation claims in Kentucky and the enforcement of state law requiring employers to insure or provide security against workers’ compensation liability.