Nebraska Commission of Industrial Relations

Who We Are

Members of the Commission of Industrial Relations

The Commission is made up of five part-time commissioners, appointed by the Governor,  with legislative approval, for a term of six years.  The commissioners select one of their members to serve as presiding commissioner for a two-year term. The current Commission members are listed below.  For more information about each commissioner, click on their name and a biography page will appear.

Contact Information: Biography:

Presiding Commissioner
David J. Partsch
1518 Central Ave.
Nebraska City, NE  68410
(402) 873-9044
Fax:  (402) 873-9090
e-mail: dpartsch@gmail.com

David J. Partsch was appointed to the Commission of Industrial Relations by Governor Dave Heineman on February 14, 2014 and was confirmed by the Legislature on April 10, 2014.

A native of Nebraska City, Commissioner Partsch is both a Bluejay and a Cornhusker having graduated in 1997 from Creighton University's College of Business Administration and in 1999 from the University of Nebraska, College of Law.  His legal career began as Legal Counsel at the Commission of Industrial Relations where he worked for Commissioners Thomas H. DeLay, David J. Cullan, Jeffrey L. Orr, G. Peter Burger, Brenda J. Council, William G. Blake, The Honorable G. Roderic Anderson, and The Honorable Frankie Moore.  He was also mentored by the late Professor John M. Gradwohl, who served as a Court of Industrial Relations Judge from 1963 to 1972 and from 1978 to 1985.

Since 2003, Commissioner Partsch has practiced law in Nebraska City where he is active in his community, serving on the Nebraska City Rotary Club's Board and also on the Fund Advisory Committee of the Nebraska City Community Foundation Fund.  He is Chairman of CHI Health St. Mary's Community Board of Directors, Chairman of the Nebraska County Attorneys Association's Legislative Committee, and also serves on the Nebraska State Bar Association's Publications Committee.

David J. Partsch

Sarah S. Pillen
3214 25th St.
Columbus, NE  68601
(402) 564-0407 Ext. 250
e-mail: sarahsp@pillenfamilyfarms.com

 Sarah S. Pillen was appointed to the Commission of Industrial Relations by Governor Dave Heineman in March, 2013.
Sarah S. Pillen

Joel E. Carlson
200 West Benjamin Ave.
Norfolk, NE  68702-0888
(402) 371-3100
Fax:  (402) 379-4338
e-mail: jcarlson@norfolknelaw.com

Joel E. Carlson was appointed to the Commission of Industrial Relations by Governor Dave Heineman on July 22, 2013 and was confirmed by the Legislature on April 10, 2014.

Joel E. Carlson

William G. Blake
1248 "O" Street
Lincoln, NE  68508
(402) 475-1075
Fax:  (402) 475-9515
e-mail:  wblake@baylorevnen.com

 

William G. Blake was appointed to the Commission of Industrial Relations by Governor Mike Johanns in January, 2000 for a six-year term, and then re-appointed in January, 2006 to a second six-year term by Governor Dave Heineman.  After a short absence, he was once again appointed on June 9, 2015 by Governor Pete Ricketts.

A native of Lamoni, Iowa, Commissioner Blake received his B.A. degree in 1972 from Graceland College in Lamoni and his J.D. from the University of Nebraska College of Law in 1975.

Commissioner Blake's previous legal experience includes three years as Assistant Lincoln City Attorney, and six years as Deputy Lincoln City Attorney. He currently is in private practice in the Lincoln law firm of Baylor, Evnen, Curtiss, Grimit & Witt, L.L.P., primarily in the area of real estate and commercial litigation, with emphasis in eminent domain.

He is a member of the Nebraska State Bar Association and American Trial Lawyers Association, and serves on the Civil Practice and Procedure of the Nebraska State Bar Association. He is admitted to practice in all Nebraska courts and the United States District Court for Nebraska.

William G. Blake

Dallas D. Jones
1248 "O" Street
Suite 600
Lincoln, NE  68508
(402) 475-1075
Fax:  (402) 475-9515
e-mail:  djones@baylorevnen.com
 

 

 


Commission of Industrial Relations Staff

The staff of the CIR consists of a Clerk/Administrator, a Legal Counsel/Deputy Clerk, and an Administrative Assistant.

Contact Information: Biography:

Clerk/Administrator
Annette Hord

Nebraska Commission of Industrial Relations
301 Centennial Mall South
P. O. Box 94864
Lincoln, NE  68509-4864
annette.hord@nebraska.gov

Annette Hord has served as the Clerk/Administrator of the Commission since June, 1999.  Prior to that, she was the Clerk/Treasurer of the City of Hickman, Nebraska.  She and her husband Bill live in Lincoln, and have a combined family of two sons and daughters-in-law, three daughters, two sons-in-law, and six grandchildren.

She is originally from Alma, Nebraska and received her B.A. in Business Education from what was then Kearney State College.

Annette's interests include spending time with friends and family, reading, knitting, gardening, and travel.

Legal Counsel/Deputy Clerk
Ashlea R. Whitney

Nebraska Commission of Industrial Relations
301 Centennial Mall South
P. O. Box 94864
Lincoln, NE  68509-4864
ashlea.whitney@nebraska.gov

Ashlea Whitney joined the Commission as Legal Counsel and Deputy Clerk in May 2015. Ashlea is a graduate of Shelby High School and has called the Lincoln and Lancaster County area home since 2001, earning her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the College of Saint Mary in 2012 and her Juris Doctor in 2015 from the University of Nebraska College of Law. While at the College of Law, Ashlea served as the Treasurer of the Women’s Law Caucus, was a member of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, and clerked for the Nebraska Department of Revenue. Prior to attending law school, she worked as a Paralegal for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

Administrative Assistant
Sheryl Marra

Nebraska Commission of Industrial Relations
301 Centennial Mall South
P. O. Box 94864
Lincoln, NE  68509-4864
sheryl.marra@nebraska.gov

Sheryl Marra joined the Commission staff in May, 2009. Her past 25 years experience in real estate sales, management and education helps her with her new administrative role. Sheryl served nearly nine years as a Lincoln Human Rights Commissioner which she feels provided a good foundation for working with the Commission of Industrial Relations. Though she lived in many areas of the U.S., Sheryl loves Nebraska and is pleased to be working for her home state. Her husband, Rich, is retired from the Nebraska Department of Corrections.

Questions or comments can be directed to the Staff.