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Media Contact for Governor Baker Nominates Douglas A. Bean for Reappointment to the Industrial Accident Board
Brendan Moss, Press Secretary, Governor's Office
BOSTON — Today, Governor Charlie Baker nominated Douglas Bean for a reappointment to the position of Administrative Judge on the Industrial Accident Board at the Department of Industrial Accidents (DIA). If confirmed, his reappointment term will expire in June of 2023.
“With over three decades of legal experience, Judge Bean has demonstrated a commitment to protecting Massachusetts individuals and families,” said Governor Baker. “If confirmed, Judge Bean will serve the Department of Industrial Accidents with fairness and integrity.”
“Judge Bean has served people in his community and throughout the Commonwealth for many years,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “If confirmed by the Governor’s Council, I am confident that he will continue to well serve residents impacted by work-related injuries in Massachusetts.”
The Department of Industrial Accidents (DIA) oversees the Massachusetts workers’ compensation system, serving injured workers, employers, attorneys, and insurers. The Industrial Accident Board consists of twenty-one administrative judges who preside over disputed workers’ compensation cases. For more information about the Division of Industrial Accidents, please visit their homepage.
Judicial nominations are subject to the advice and consent of the Governor’s Council. Applicants for judicial openings are reviewed by the Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) and recommended to the governor. Governor Baker established the JNC in February, 2015 pursuant to Executive Order 558, a non-partisan, non-political Commission composed of volunteers from a cross-section of the Commonwealth's diverse population to screen judicial applications. Twenty-one members were later appointed to the JNC in April, 2015.
About Douglas Bean
Judge Bean has been an Administrative Judge for the Department of Industrial Accidents (DIA) for the past twenty-six years, where he has solved more than 13,000 cases and written 1,473 decisions—the most in DIA history. During his tenure as Administrative Judge with the DIA, he was awarded the Honorable Emily Novick Judicial Excellence Award by Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys (MATA). Prior to his role with the DIA, Judge Bean worked as an attorney in his own private practice and served two three-year terms as selectman for the Town of Danvers. Before receiving his law degree, Judge Bean managed retail and wholesale credit services at Sherwin Williams and taught high school and middle school social studies at Mount Abraham Union High School in Vermont. After spending a semester at Warnborough College in Oxford, Judge Bean received a Bachelor of Arts in History from UMass Amherst and later received his Juris Doctorate from Boston University School of Law. He has led ten reconstruction trips to clean up hurricane damage and aid flood victims in Louisiana, Maryland and West Virginia, as well as two mission trips to a small village in Nicaragua. A father of four children, Judge Bean was actively involved in several community youth sports programs, coaching more than 30 teams. He currently resides in Danvers with his wife, Debbie.