Governor Sean Parnell appointed Kathleen Frederick as the new chief administrative law judge Friday.

Frederick will replace Terry Thurbon, the previous judge who oversaw the Office of Administrative hearings, which hears more than 60 categories of executive branch contested cases. As the new chief administrative law judge, Frederick will supervise a group of 10 judges and four support staff that handle over 2,000 cases every year, ranging from Human Rights Commission discrimination cases to environmental permitting, child support, and PFD eligibility.

The Palmer resident brings with her over 30 years of law experience, a bachelor's degree and juris doctorate, and community service in her hometown. She was recently employed by the state of Alaska in the Office of Elder Fraud and Assistance, and was an associate attorney at Baxter Bruce & Sullivan, P.C. Prior to that, she was a managing attorney with Frederick & Associates, specializing in real estate law, employment law, Alaska native law, and corporate law, as well as mediation. She has served as commissioner for both the Alaska Public Offices Commission, and the Alaska Public Broadcasting Commission, and is a board member of the Palmer Museum. Frederick is also the owner and operator of Shameless Huskies Kennel, and was a participant in the 2010 Iditarod race.

“Kathleen brings years of professional legal knowledge, and administrative and judicial proceeding experience to this position,” said Governor Parnell in a press release on the appointment. “She has demonstrated her leadership in the community and will make a great addition to OAH.”

The chief administrative judge is appointed to a five year term by the governor following a confirmation from the state legislature.