Lansing, MI – Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) Director Mike Zimmer recently announced the appointment of Mark Long as director of the Michigan Workers’ Compensation Agency (WCA). Long, who had been serving as administrator for the WCA’s Funds Administration, replaces Kevin Elsenheimer who will focus on his responsibilities as LARA chief deputy director.
“Mark has a proven track record of improving the efficiency of regulatory systems throughout state government and a has a diverse knowledge of Michigan’s workers’ compensation industry,” said Zimmer. “I’m confident that under his leadership the WCA will continue to protect injured Michigan workers and reduce costs for our job providers.”
As WCA director, Long is responsible for administering the Workers’ Disability Compensation Act which provides wage loss compensation, medical care and vocational rehabilitation to workers who suffer an injury on the job while protecting employers from unlimited liability.
Long previously served as department manager in the Michigan Administrative Hearing System and his positions at the WCA include department manager and mediator. In addition, he worked as a claims examiner for the Accident Fund of Michigan.
He earned a bachelor’s degree from Northwood University and a master’s degree from Central Michigan University.