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LANSING – Governor Jennifer M. Granholm recently announced the appointments and reappointments of several people to the Worker’s Compensation Board of Magistrates.
William A. Baillargeon of Saugatuck succeeds John M. Wierzbicki whose term has expired. Baillargeon served as a volunteer at Afformations, AIDS Partnershipp Michigan and the human Rights Campaign. He worked as a senior trial specialist with the Law Offices of Paula J. Martin prior to his appointment to the board for a term which expires January 26, 2011. He .
David B. Merwin of Muskegon. Mr. Merwin served as counsel to Williams, Hughes & Cook PLLC law firm prior to his appointment to the board for a term which expires January 26, 2011. He succeeds Paul H. Reinhardt whose term has expired.
Other reappointments included Christopher P. Ambrose of East Lansing; Jennifer L. Crawford of Twin Lake; Lee A. Decker of Brighton; Murray A. Gorchow of West Bloomfield; Valencia L. Jarvis of Southfield; and Rosemary K. Wolock of Royal Oak.
The Workers’ Compensation Board of Magistrates functions within the Department of Labor and Economic Growth. Magistrates are responsible for conducting hearings in disputes that arise under the Workers’ Disability Compensation Act of 1969 and hear cases related to workers’ compensation claims.
These appointments and reappointments are subject to Section 6 of Article V of the Michigan State Constitution of 1963. They stand confirmed unless disapproved by the Michigan Senate within 60 days.