Okla. Gov. Names Harkey as Workers’ Comp Judge

Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry appointed Michael J. Harkey as a Workers’ Compensation Court judge for a term ending July 1, 2008. He succeeds Richard G. Mason, who resigned in January.

The governor praised Harkey’s qualifications and abilities.

“Michael Harkey has the outstanding integrity, legal mind and temperament necessary to be an excellent jurist,” Gov. Henry said in the announcement. “I am pleased to make this appointment to the bench, and I appreciate his willingness to serve.”

Harkey has been an attorney since 1977. The governor selected the 54-year-old Oklahoma City native among three candidates whose names were submitted by the Judicial Nominating Commission.

Harkey graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1973 and earned his law degree from the Oklahoma City University College of Law in 1977.

Source: Oklahoma Governor’s Office