The Department of Labor has a new acting chief administrative law judge.
Stephen Purcell was selected after the former chief judge, John Vittone, retired yesterday after 14 years leading the court.
Previously, Purcell was the associate chief judge for longshore and traditional cases at the Labor Department.
Purcell began his career in 1966 as a police officer, serving in Washington and Prince Georges County. After graduating from the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law in 1982, he worked for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Department of Justice, among other jobs.
The Office of Administrative Law Judges is composed of approximately 40 judges and 110 staff employees in Washington, and seven district offices.
Judge Daniel Sutton from the Boston District Office will serve as the acting associate chief judge for longshore cases.
Judge William Colwell will continue to serve as Associate Chief Judge for black lung and immigration matters.