Gov. Jack Dalrymple today named Langdon-native Wade Mann director of the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH). Mann will replace Allen Hoberg who is retiring Dec. 13 after serving more than 22 years as director.
"Wade is an excellent choice for this important position and I am confident his strong and diverse background in administrative law will serve him well as director," Dalrymple said. "He possesses the administrative law experience, character, legal and interpersonal skills necessary to effectively lead the agency."
Mann is currently a partner with Crowley Fleck PLLP in Bismarck, representing numerous energy, environment and natural resources clients. As part of his practice, he has represented clients in regulatory matters before the North Dakota Industrial Commission (NDIC) and the North Dakota Public Service Commission.
Mann also served as a special assistant attorney general and an assistant attorney general representing the North Dakota Department of Agriculture, the NDIC Oil and Gas Division and a number of commodity groups. In those capacities, he handled numerous administrative hearings, as well as served as a hearing officer for the NDIC Oil and Gas Division.
"I am grateful to Gov. Dalrymple for this opportunity to serve the state of North Dakota and look forward to bringing my diverse skills and experience in administrative law to the office," Mann said.
OAH began operations in 1991 and Hoberg was appointed the agency's first director by then-Gov. George Sinner.
"For more than two decades, Allen has done an outstanding job establishing a strong record of service for the agency and serving North Dakota's citizens and state and local government entities," Dalrymple said. "We are grateful to him for his dedicated service and wish him all the best in his retirement."
OAH is an executive branch agency that provides independent administrative law judges to preside as hearing officers over state and local administrative hearings and related proceedings. The agency holds fair and impartial hearings and issues reasoned and timely decisions for government agencies and the citizens of North Dakota.