Destie Overpeck Named Acting AD for California DWC; Richard Newman Appointed Chief Judge


Chief Counsel Destie Overpeck has been named acting administrative director (AD) of the California Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC). As AD, Overpeck will oversee regulatory efforts needed to implement the wide-ranging changes of Senate Bill 863, which will go into effect Jan. 1, 2013.

The position of director came open in early September with the resignation of Rosa Moran, who held the job for less than a year. Moran returned to her prior job as a workers’ compensation judge in the divison’s Oakland district office.

Overpeck has served as DWC’s chief counsel since 2005. In that role, she has drafted and overseen regulations implementing workers’ compensation reforms and programs, participated in stakeholder meetings and public hearings regarding proposed regulations, advised the DWC administrative director and supervised the DWC legal unit. She previously served as the acting AD in 2009. She first joined the division in 2000 as counsel.

Richard L. Newman has been named chief judge of the division, a position he has held in an acting capacity since August 2011. The chief judge works closely with the administrative director, regional managers and presiding judges to oversee the work of workers’ compensation judges at the division’s 24 offices. Newman previously was presiding judge in the San Francisco district office; he began working for the division as counsel to the administrative director in 1991.

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