March 18, 2013
Julie Gibson, director of DED's Division of Workforce Development, named as acting department director
Gov. Nixon announces Labor Director Rebman as Administrative Law Judge for Kansas City
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Gov. Jay Nixon today announced that Lawrence G. Rebman, Director of the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, has been named a Workers' Compensation Administrative Law Judge in Kansas City. Rebman, who is from Kansas City, has served as the Labor Director since January 2009. To serve as acting director of the department, the Governor has appointed Julie Gibson, the current Director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development's Division of Workforce Development.
"For more than four years, Larry Rebman has done a tremendous job leading this department in serving Missouri workers and employers, and in helping prepare our state's workforce for the jobs of the future," Gov. Nixon said. "This move will enable Larry to continue serving the people of Missouri in an important position, while letting him return to his hometown. I greatly appreciate what he has accomplished as a public servant so far, and take satisfaction in knowing that record will continue."
The response of the Department of Labor to quickly assist Missouri workers who lost their employment after natural disasters - especially after the Joplin tornado - was one of the department's many accomplishments under Director Rebman.
Rebman was an attorney in private practice in Kansas City who specialized in employment matters before being named as department director by Gov. Nixon. He also was a Missouri assistant attorney general for several years. Rebman earned his law degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and his undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri.
Gibson, of Jefferson City, has served as Director of the Division of Workforce Development since March 2009. The division provides workforce training and other services for businesses and job seekers through the Missouri Career Centers and jobs.mo.gov.
Under Gibson's leadership, the Division of Workforce Development has been instrumental in implementing Gov. Nixon's Show-Me Heroes program, which enlists Missouri employers in an effort to give first consideration to military veterans for job openings. Since the Governor launched the program in January 2010, more than 2,800 Missouri employers have taken the Show-Me Heroes pledge, and some 4,200 veterans have been hired by those employers.