Frankfort, KY (WorkersCompensation.com) - Labor Secretary Derrick Ramsey today announced the appointment of Chief Administrative Law Judge Robert L. Swisher as the Acting Commissioner for the Department of Workers' Claims beginning April 1st.
“Judge Swisher has developed a reputation as a fair-minded and well-respected leader in the workers' compensation community over the last 26 years,” Labor Secretary Derrick Ramsey said. “His experience as an Administrative Law Judge, including the last two years as Chief Administrative Law Judge, has given him the broad perspective of workers' compensation issues that will help him provide valuable leadership and extensive knowledge as he transitions to this key role with the Department. I'm excited to welcome his vision, and I know that he will work tirelessly to advance our Cabinet's mission to provide a fair workers' compensation program for Kentucky's workers and employers alike.”
Robert L. Swisher was raised in Lexington, Kentucky, and is a 1976 graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a 1979 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law. From 1979 through 1990, he was engaged in a general civil practice law in Versailles, Kentucky. Following this role, from 1991 through 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 December 1, 2014, he was appointed Chief Administrative Law Judge and has served in that capacity since. 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.