Michael F. Easley, Governor
Buck Lattimore, Chairman

Bernadine S. Ballance, Commissioner
Thomas J. Bolch, Commissioner
Laura K. Mavretic, Commissioner
Christopher Scott, Commissioner
Dianne C. Sellers, Commissioner
Pamela T. Young, Commissioner

North Carolina
Industrial Commission




TO:         All Interested Parties

FROM:   Chairman Buck Lattimore

DATE:    June 8, 2005

RE:         Appointment of Three New Deputy Commissioners: Jim Gillen, Robert Harris, and Robert W. Rideout, Jr.

I am pleased to announce the appointment of three new Deputy Commissioners:

Jim Gillen has been employed by the Industrial Commission for 10 years. He came to the Commission in 1994 as an agency legal specialist assigned to the Chief Deputy and was later assigned to Commissioner Laura Mavretic. In 1998, he became a Special Deputy Commissioner and worked in the Executive Secretary’s Office for two years. In 2000, he was assigned as the Agency Legal Specialist for Commissioner Christopher Scott. Jim is an honors graduate of N.C. State University, with an English degree. He is a graduate of Campbell University School of Law and was admitted to the bar in 1994.

Robert Harris has been employed by the Commission for the past two years as a Special Deputy Commissioner with the Executive Secretary’s Office. He practiced law in Raleigh from 1994 to 2003, concentrating in employment and personal injury law. Robert is a graduate of Yale University, with a degree in English and Philosophy; and he earned his J.D. degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law. He was admitted to the bar in 1994.

Robert W. Rideout, Jr. is currently an Assistant District Attorney for North Carolina’s 7th Prosecutorial District (Tarboro). He joined the DA’s office in 1999 and has extensive experience prosecuting cases in Superior Court. He has conducted over 80 jury trials and more than 650 non-jury trials. He is a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserves and has completed the JAG Officers Course. He is Trial Counsel for the Army Reserves’ 171st ASG. He has also served as an Assistant Public Defender. Robert is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, with a degree in History and Philosophy. He is also a graduate of the Louisiana State University Law Center and was admitted to the bar in North Carolina in 1998.

Please join me in congratulating our three new Deputy Commissioners.

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