It’s down to Bragg, 67, Hager, 69 for FL insurance commissioner

Rep. Bill Hager, R-Delray Beach

Rep. Bill Hager, R-Delray Beach

Two men past conventional retirement age are the candidates set to interview publicly before the Florida Cabinet Tuesday to become the state’s next insurance commissioner.

They are Jeffrey Bragg, 67, the Palm Harbor-based former head of the U.S. Treasury’s terrorism insurance program and ex-Zurich Risk Management executive; and state Rep. Bill Hager, 69, R-Delray Beach.

Hager was Iowa’s insurance commissioner from 1986 to 1990 and has worked as president and founder of Insurance Metrics Corp. in Boca Raton. His work there has included “providing expert witness testimony in complex insurance cases” and arbitrating reinsurance disputes.

Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater of North Palm Beach did not add new names Thursday to the short list.

“After completing several interviews with impressive candidates for the position of  Commissioner of the Office of Insurance Regulation, CFO Atwater is ready to begin the process of Cabinet-directed interviews with candidates Representative Bill Hager and Jeffrey Bragg,” a CFO spokeswoman said.


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