Michael F. Easley, Governor
Buck Lattimore, Chairman

Stephen T. Gheen
Chief Deputy Commissioner
Office: 919-807-2540
Home: 919-384-1292

Bernadine S. Ballance, Commissioner
Thomas J. Bolch, Commissioner
Laura K. Mavretic, Commissioner
Renée C. Riggsbee, Commissioner
Christopher Scott, Commissioner
Dianne C. Sellers, Commissioner

North Carolina
Industrial Commission




TO:         Workers Compensation Trial Bar

FROM:   Stephen T. Gheen, Chief Deputy Commissioner

DATE:    March 21, 2002

RE:         Retirement of Deputy Commissioner Richard B. Ford and Reassignment of His Cases

            Deputy Commissioner Richard Ford’s retirement from the Industrial Commission necessitates that the cases pending before him be reassigned for completion.  We are currently producing a list of all cases pending before Deputy Commissioner Ford.

            Parties in such cases will receive written notice within the next week that another Deputy Commissioner will be assigned to individual cases for closing of the record and issuance of an Opinion & Award.  It has been the traditional practice of the Industrial Commission, under these circumstances, to complete cases by reassignment rather than order new hearings.  Absent some compelling reason for a new hearing, cases will be reassigned.

            Until such time as the parties receive notification, parties should continue to take all necessary action to close records.  Correspondence should be sent to the Chief Deputy Commissioner until a new Deputy Commissioner is designated.  Should the parties need to immediately consult with the Industrial Commission concerning any of the cases, please call on me.  Correspondence by email to gheen@ind.commerce.state.nc.us is preferred but not required.

            Thank you for your understanding of in these circumstances.  The Industrial Commission will make the transition of these cases as timely as the circumstances permit.

Go to Retirement of Deputy Commissioner Richard B. Ford
(March 19, 2002 memo by Chairman Buck Lattimore)

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