FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
IR #2005-22
Friday, May 13, 2005
Internet: http://www.dir.ca.gov

CONTACT:
Susan Gard
(415) 703-4680


California Division of Workers’ Compensation announces appointment of court administrator

SAN FRANCISCO - The California Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) announced the appointment of an administrator to oversee the workers’ compensation court system. Gov. Schwarzenegger appointed Keven Star of Elk Grove to the position of DWC court administrator May 12. Star will begin work for the division Jun. 6.

"I’m thrilled about this appointment," said DWC Administrative Director Andrea Lynn Hoch. "DWC is a growing organization and the court system is a big part of it. The appointment of a court administrator means we’ll have the leadership needed to bring more consistency to this system statewide."

The position of court administrator was created in 2002 under Assembly Bill 749, but it has not been filled until now. The court administrator will manage the workers’ compensation court system and improve it by:

"The division has 24 local offices and nearly 200 judges across the state," said Hoch. "The court administrator’s first priority will be tackling court system policy and procedure on a statewide basis so that when people come into a courtroom they know what to expect."

Star served as deputy district attorney with the Sacramento district attorney's office since 2001, where he worked directly with workers' compensation litigation and insurance fraud. Prior to that, he was deputy district attorney for the Santa Clara County district attorney's office and senior trial counsel in the Judge Advocate General's Corps of the United States Army. Star's experience also includes two years as an adjunct professor at Central Texas College's extension campus in Ansbach, Germany.

This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $114,192.

To learn more about the Division of Workers’ Compensation, visit the Web site at www.dir.ca.gov/dwc.

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