Reviews, hears and decides appeals of permitting decisions, enforcement actions, declaratory judgment actions, and other cases appealed to the Commission. Conducts preliminary hearings, motion hearings, prehearing conferences, and evidentiary hearings.
Establishes hearing schedules, presides over all hearings and conferences, takes testimony of witnesses, rules on all motions and evidentiary issues, hears arguments of attorneys, decides procedural issues, reads all pleadings and briefs, and conducts legal research.
Prepares and issues orders in each case. Prepares recommended decision at conclusion of contested cases, which sets forth findings of fact, reasons for the decision, and conclusions of law based on applicable law, court cases, and Commission regulations.
Develops procedures for efficiently and effectively managing case files, hearings, and appeals of Commission decisions.
Supervises the Legal Support Specialist. Interviews, hires and terminates, assigns and reviews work, approves requests for leave, and evaluates the performance of the staff members.
Advises the Commission on legal and procedural matters at Commission and committee meetings and prepares legal opinions for the Commission. Attends all Commission and committee meetings. Aids the Commission Chair with preparing the Commission and committee agendas.
Prepares Commission and Hearing Officer biennial budgets and appears before legislative committees concerning the Commission’s budget requests. Authorizes the expenditure of funds based on budgeted amounts and reviews monthly financial reports of expenditures.
Works with private attorneys and Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) staff in preparing pleadings and filing proper documents regarding revisions to Commission regulations. Supervises the filing of adopted rules with appropriate state agencies and Legislative Council.
Attends legal seminars and conferences on environmental issues and maintains continuing legal education requirements.
Works with Governor’s and ADEQ staffs regarding various issues.
Answers questions from the public and advises the public on administrative procedures governing appeals, rule makings, and appearances before the Commission.
Performs related responsibilities as required or assigned by the Commission Chair or the Commission.
Performs other duties as assigned.