Summary of Decision June 5, 2013
Chief Justice Kite delivered the opinion for the Court. Reversed and Remanded.
Case Name: IN THE MATTER OF THE UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIM OF SEAN A. RINGROSE: STATE OF WYOMING, DEPARTMENT OF EMPLOYMENT, UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE COMMISSION v. LARAMIE COUNTY, WYOMING
Docket Number: S-12-0222
Appeal from the District Court of Laramie County The Honorable Peter G. Arnold, Judge
Representing Appellant: Gregory A. Phillips, Wyoming Attorney General; John D. Rossetti, Deputy Attorney General; Michael J. Finn, Senior Assistant Attorney General; Brenda S. Yamaji, Assistant Attorney General. Argument by Ms. Yamaji.
Representing Appellee: Mark T. Voss, Laramie County Attorney and Sylvia Lee Hackl*, Deputy Laramie County Attorney, Cheyenne, Wyoming.
*Ms. Hackl withdrew as counsel for the Appellee on June 3, 2013.
Date of Decision: June 5, 2013
Facts: Sean A. Ringrose was terminated from his position as a patrol deputy for the Laramie County Sheriff’s Department. His initial application for unemployment benefits was denied, but after a contested case hearing, a Wyoming Department of Employment, Unemployment Insurance Division, hearing officer concluded he had not committed misconduct connected with his work and awarded benefits. The Unemployment Insurance Commission upheld the hearing officer’s decision, but, after Laramie County petitioned for judicial review, the district court reversed.
Issues: The Commission presents the following issue for this Court’s consideration: The Laramie County Sheriff’s Department terminated Mr. Ringrose’s employment with the Department following an incident that occurred while Mr. Ringrose was working private security. After an evidentiary hearing, a hearing officer allowed unemployment benefits finding that Mr. Ringrose was discharged from his employment, but not for misconduct connected to his work. The Unemployment Insurance Commission affirmed that decision. The district court reversed the Commission’s decision stating that it was not supported by substantial evidence. Was the Commission’s decision supported by substantial evidence?
Laramie County rephrases the issue: Whether the decision that Sean Ringrose was not discharged for misconduct related to his employment as a deputy sheriff was supported by substantial evidence.
Holdings: Applying the appropriate standard of review, we conclude substantial evidence was presented to support the agency’s decision and, therefore, reverse and remand for entry of an order affirming the Commission’s decision.
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Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Summary of Decision June 5, 2013