Judge Chapel was appointed as a Commissioner on the Administrative Hearing Commission (AHC) after serving as the 12th Director of the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DOLIR). His career has been dedicated to ensuring equal access to justice through trials, hearings and administrative law processes in support of today’s worker.
The AHC is a neutral, independent, administrative tribunal. It has jurisdiction in over 107 statutorily specified matters including state tax, environmental permitting, professional licensing and Medicaid provider issues. Decisions are issued under the contested hearing case procedure. Rod sat independently and has presided over 600 hearings and issued consistent decisions while he also led as the Presiding and/or Managing Commissioner for more than four years of his six-year term.
Rod’s previous experience as Director of the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, where he managed over 900 employees with an annual budget of $145,000,000 adds insight to the proper role of government in the lives of citizens. DOLIR is responsible for administering programs that provide a financial safety net for workers to offset the loss of a job because of injury or layoff, regulate wages for public works and construction projects, promote safe and healthy workplaces, mediate and issue resolutions between certain management and labor groups and enforce Missouri’s anti-discriminatory statutes in the areas of housing, employment and public accommodation.
Rod also served as General Counsel/Director of Legal Services for the Missouri Department of Revenue with responsibility for more than 23,000 cases and legal procurement of all state taxes due. Prior to returning to public service, he worked as a trial lawyer with Kansas City’s current Mayor Sly James and clerked at the Missouri Supreme Court with the Honorable Duane Benton.
He is married to Denise Chapel and has two young sons.
Rod is an Eagle Scout and is active in communities across the state. He is a strong believer in humanitarian service. Currently, he serves on a number of boards including the United Way, YMCA, Boy Scouts of America and Rotary International.
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