Indiana Code 14-10-2-2 authorized establishment of the Division of Hearings, an authority implemented by Commission resolution in 1990. In addition to assisting the Commission with administrative review, the Division of Hearings also provides Administrative Law Judges for actions by the Indiana Board of Licensure for Professional Geologists and the Indiana Board of Registration for Soil Scientists.
The Division of Hearings is the only division established within the Indiana Natural Resources Commission. The Division of Hearings assists with the conduct of appeals, the preparation of permanent rules, nonrule policy documents, and other initiatives by the Commission.
MEET THE ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGES
Director and Chief Administrative Law Judge Elizabeth Gamboa
Chief Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Elizabeth Gamboa joined the Natural Resources Commission in January 2022. Elizabeth began her legal career as a Judicial Clerk with the Indiana Court of Appeals. From there, she moved to private practice, focusing primarily on appeals to the Indiana Court of Appeals and Indiana Supreme Court. She served as a Staff Attorney for the Department of Child Services for several years before joining the Department of Natural Resources as a Staff Attorney. Immediately prior to joining the Commission, Gamboa served as an Administrative Law Judge with the Office of Administrative Law Proceedings, where she presided over administrative appeals from a variety of agencies.
Gamboa received her undergraduate degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, and her Juris Doctorate from Indiana University, Indianapolis.
Administrative Law Judge Aaron Bonar
Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Aaron Bonar is a graduate of Wabash College and the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. Prior to joining the Natural Resources Commission as an Administrative Law Judge, Aaron served as a Deputy Prosecutor in the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office and as an Administrative Law Judge with the Indiana Office of Administrative Law Proceedings. ALJ Bonar looks forward to presiding over issues involving our state's natural resources.