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Gov. Jim Justice appoints ex-chief of staff to state board

December 15, 2017

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has appointed his former chief of staff to the state Workers’ Compensation Board of Review.

Charleston lawyer Nick Casey told The Charleston Gazette-Mail on Wednesday that his appointment was unexpected and appreciated. The board is a three-member judicial panel that hears appeals of workers’ compensation claims.

Casey, a former state Democratic Party chairman, replaces W. Jack Stevens in the position, which pays a salary of $103,836. His start date is Jan. 2.

Justice dismissed Casey as his chief of staff in August when the governor switched from the Democratic to the Republican party.

Casey said he had served as a mediator and a guardian ad litem after leaving that post. He said he also taught a class at the University of Charleston.

The state Senate will have to confirm Casey’s appointment during the 2018 regular session.

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Information from: The Charleston Gazette-Mail, http://wvgazettemail.com.

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