Chief Counsel Destie Overpeck Appointed Division of Workers` Compensation Acting Chief Deputy Administrative Director

Tue Mar 24, 2009 8:55pm EDT

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OAKLAND, Calif.--(Business Wire)--
While Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) Chief Deputy Administrative
Director Carrie Nevans takes temporary personal leave, the Department of
Industrial Relations (DIR) Director John Duncan has designated DWC Chief Counsel
Destie Overpeck as the acting chief deputy administrative director in her

"Destie has served as the DWC`s chief counsel since 2005, where she has overseen
the implementation of a wide variety of regulations and administrative
processes," said Duncan. "I am confident in her ability to ensure all the
division`s functions will continue seamlessly until Carrie`s return." 

Overpeck was appointed DWC`s chief counsel by Gov. Schwarzenegger in August of
2005. In this role she has drafted and overseen the preparation of 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. In addition
to drafting regulations, the legal unit advises the medical unit, the audit unit
and the research unit; responds to inquires from the public; prepares
legislative analyses; defends the division and its employees in lawsuits; and
represents the division when regulations are challenged. 

From 2000 through 2005, Overpeck worked for the DWC as an Industrial Relations
Counsel III. In this role, she handled all of the audit unit`s administrative
penalty and civil penalty disputes and hearings. In 2004, she represented the
audit unit in the first civil penalty trial since Labor Code section 129.5 was
enacted. Overpeck also served as the ethics advisor for DWC`s 150 workers'
compensation judges, prepared the DWC annual ethics advisory committee report
and acted as DWC`s liaison for the ethics advisory committee. She prepared
opinions and orders for petitions for change of treating physicians, drafted
legislative analyses and prepared regulations regarding vocational
rehabilitation, the supplemental job disability benefit, audit, the Official
Medical Fee Schedule, the claim form and employee poster, medical provider
networks, independent medical review and the workers' compensation information

"Carrie's great work has ensured that injured workers, employers, medical
providers and their representatives receive the best service possible," said
Duncan. "Destie's extensive workers' compensation experience, along with the
professional management team established by Carrie, will ensure that the workers
comp community continues to receive the best service possible." 

More information about the DWC can be found on line at 

California Department of Industrial Relations
Susan Gard, 510-286-7049
Dean Fryer, 415-703-5050

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