Hearing officer recommends dentists license be reinstated

Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state's dental board failed to cite specific statutes or regulations when it summarily suspended Dr. Leeland Cho's dental license and should drop the case against him, a hearing officer has ruled.

''It doesn't mean it's wrong. People have different readings of the law,'' said Catherine Reardon, director of the Division of Occupational Licensing, which petitioned for the suspension.

In this case, hearing officer David Stebing recommended the dental board dismiss the case and reinstate Cho's license.

Administrative hearing officers do not issue final rulings. Rather they are state employees who make recommendations to boards.

Reardon said board members will reconvene soon and decide whether to follow Stebing's recommendation. She said the board could stick with its decision for suspension or comply with the hearing officer by listing specific statutes that Cho allegedly violated and issue a new suspension.

The board said Cho presented a clear and immediate danger to the public health when it suspended his license Dec. 7.

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