March 24, 2009
Chief Counsel Destie Overpeck designated Division of Workers’ Compensation acting chief deputy
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 absence.
“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 system.
“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.”
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