Hogan Nominates Kittleman for High-Paying Gig

    Outgoing Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman (R) has found a soft landing after his defeat in November’s election.

    Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) announced Wednesday that he has appointed Kittleman to the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission.

    Kittleman, who is also a former state senator and minority leader, is a lawyer who has more than 30 years of experience working with issues related to workers’ compensation, according to the governor’s announcement. Kittleman handled workers’ comp claims in three different law firms for 16 years and worked as a paralegal for a law firm that specialized in the practice. In the Senate, he served on the Finance Committee, which handles legislation related to workers’ comp.

    Also named to the commission on Wednesday was Howard L. Metz, an attorney and court-appointed mediator from Frederick.

    The governor made the selections following a review of the candidates who submitted applications, according to a news release.

    According to state law, commissioners work full time. Commissioners’ salaries are set in the state budget and must be at least equal to that of a District Court judge. The current salary for District Court judges in Maryland is $146,333.

    Appointed by the governor subject to advice and consent from the Maryland Senate, the commission’s 10 members serve 12-year terms. The current commission chairman is R. Karl Aumann, who served as secretary of State under former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R).

    “I’m pleased to congratulate Mr. Kittleman and Mr. Metz on their appointments to the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission,” Hogan said in a news release. “These qualified appointees both bring decades of experience in labor-related issues, and I have full confidence in their ability to represent both employers and employees well.”

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    Danielle E. Gaines
    Danielle Gaines covered government and politics for Maryland Matters for two years before moving into an editing position. Previously, she spent six years at The Frederick News-Post ― as the paper’s principal government and politics reporter for half that time, covering courts and legal affairs before that. She also reported for the now-defunct The Gazette of Politics and Business in Maryland and previously worked as a county government and education reporter at The Merced Sun-Star in California’s Central Valley.