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June 1, 2013
Comp claims judges seek reappointment, applications sought for a Miami vacancy

The Statewide Nominating Commission for Judges of Compensation Claims will meet at 9 a.m. August 19 at the Orlando World Center Marriott for the purpose of interviewing the following judges of compensation claims for reappointment; Judge Neal Pitts, Judge Kathryn S. Pecko, Judge John Lazzara, and Judge David Langham.

The commission will also interview prospective applicants/candidates for nomination as judge of compensation claims for the Miami District to replace Judge Alan Kuker.

Guidelines for the operation of the commission are available at www.fljcc.org/JCC/snc.asp.

Applications, one original and 15 copies, for initial appointment or reappointment shall be submitted to Lisa Mustain, Division of Administrative Hearings, The DeSoto Building, 1230 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee 32399-3060, no later than 5 p.m. July 18. DOAH will distribute the applications to the individual members of the SNCJCC.

Any questions or comments relating to any of the above judges of compensation claims should be addressed in writing to: Wogan “Wogie” Badcock, SNCJCC Chair, P.O. Box 497, Mulberry 33860.

If you wish to speak at the commission meeting in opposition to the reappointment of any of the above judges or the nomination of any applicant, written notice must be provided to the chair by no later than 5 p.m. August 2. Your letter should include your intention to address the commission and a brief explanation regarding your request. If you wish to present any documents in support of your appearance, copies must be provided to the chair and the Division of Administrative Hearings by 5 p.m. August 2. DOAH will distribute the requests to the individual members of the SNCJCC.

The commission will not ordinarily grant any requests for personal appearances to speak in favor of any of the above sitting judges. However, the committee will accept letters in support of the current judges as long as they are delivered to the chair and DOAH by August 2.

If opposition to reappointment of a sitting judge is appropriately filed, then the commission may allow personal appearance to speak in favor of the judge at the commission’s discretion.

The commission will meet telephonically on at 2 p.m. August 12 to discuss procedural issues for the August 19 meeting.

[Revised: 04-13-2014]