NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs

Alfonso Montano Appointed Chief Administrative Law Judge

June 13, 2012

WASHINGTON - National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman today announced the appointment of Alfonso J. Montano as the Chief Administrative Law Judge for the agency. He has been serving as Acting Chief since November 2011.

"It is my honor to appoint Judge Montano as the Chief Administrative Law Judge," said Chairman Hersman. "Our ALJs play an important role in our appeals process. I have every confidence in Judge Montano's leadership abilities."

Judge Montano has been an Administrative Law Judge with the NTSB since 2010 and for 15 years before that with the Department of Health and Human Services and the Social Security Administration.

The Administrative Law Judges conduct formal hearings and issue initial decisions on appeals by airmen filed with the Safety Board. The NTSB serves as the "court of appeals", providing an independent review of the case involving any airman, mechanic or mariner whenever certificate action is taken by the Federal Aviation Administration or the U.S. Coast Guard Commandant, or when civil penalties are assessed by the FAA.

Before becoming an Administrative Law Judge, Judge Montano served as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice.

Judge Montano is a graduate of New Mexico Highlands University and earned his law degree at the University of San Francisco School of Law. He is a licensed private aircraft pilot.

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