The second deputy opening at the Commissioner’s office, which was created when two deputies retired earlier this year, has now been filled. Commissioner Godfrey announced that Erin Q. Pals has been hired as a Deputy Workers’ Compensation Commissioner and will commence her duties at the agency on March 28, 2014. Ms. Pals is currently in private practice at the Hopkins and Huebner firm in Des Moines where she practices primarily in the area of workers’ compensation. Ms. Pals is a 1997 graduate of Central College and a 2000 graduate of Drake University School of Law.
The other deputy opening was filled by Joseph L. Walsh who commenced his duties at the agency on January 17, 2014. Immediately prior to becoming a deputy, Mr. Walsh was the Chief Administrative Law Judge for Iowa’s Division of Unemployment Insurance Appeals. Mr. Walsh graduated from Drake University in 1993 and Drake University School of Law in 1996.