Chalmers Pak Burch & Adams attorney Jessica Burke has been appointed as Chairperson of the Kentucky Crime Victims Compensation Board. She has also been appointed as a member of the Kentucky Board of Claims and the Kentucky Board of Tax Appeals.
The Kentucky Crime Victims Compensation Board helps victims and their families pay for medical, funeral, and other expenses resulting from those crimes. The Kentucky Board of Claims hears claims for compensation stemming from alleged negligence by the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The Kentucky Board of Tax Appeals is an independent agency that adjudicates tax disputes between taxpayers and state agencies.
Effective October 1, 2016, these three boards will be officially consolidated into the newly formed Kentucky Claims Commission, a three-member board responsible for hearing all of the above-mentioned appeals and claims. This consolidation will save the Commonwealth of Kentucky approximately $350,000 annually and will make funds available to reduce a $2 million backlog of payments to crime victims and to healthcare providers who provide services to those victims.
“I look forward to serving the Commonwealth of Kentucky in this capacity, and am thankful to Governor Matt Bevin for his faith in my abilities and his recognition of my commitment to the people of Kentucky,” Jessica Burke commented. “I applaud Governor Bevin’s efforts to make state government more efficient so less money is spent on administrative costs and more money is spent on those innocent victims of crime and persons injured by the Commonwealth.”
Click here to read the official press release on the Kentucky.gov website.