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|Tuesday, January 12, 1999 |
Tommy G. Thompson
News Media Contact
DWD News Office
Stewart names Gates as
head of job injury program
Madison, Wis. -- Secretary Linda Stewart today announced the appointment of Robin Gates as administrator of the Workers Compensation Division in the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD).
He replaces Gregory Krohm, who earlier announced his resignation to enter the private sector.
Gates has been serving as Administrative Services Division administrator in the State Revenue Department.
He previously served at DWD or its predecessor agency as Administrative Services Division administrator and as Deputy Secretary.
His new assignment puts him in charge of the division which administers the payment by insurance companies of job-injury benefits to Wisconsin workers, the nations first such program. The division has an annual budget of $14.1 million and a staff of 115.
Gates began his new duties earlier this week, Stewart said. Gates will be paid $83,098.
In addition to WC, DWD has seven other divisions -- Connecting Education and Work, Economic Support, Equal Rights, Unemployment Insurance, Workforce Excellence, and Vocational Rehabilitation, in addition to an Administrative Services division.
The Department has an annual budget of $1.3 billion and about 2,400 staff. It was established in mid-1996 as part of a reorganization of state government. Many of its programs previously were assigned to the Department of Industry, Labor and Human Relations, which was abolished.
Announced earlier this month were the appointments of Orlando Canto as Deputy Secretary, Mark Liedl as Executive Assistant, Bruce C. Hagen as Unemployment Insurance Division administrator, and Maureen Hlavacek as Administrative Services Division administrator.