What’s next on insurance commissioner?

Gov. Rick Scott (left) and CFO Jeff Atwater (center) play key roles in selection of the state's next insurance commissioner.

Gov. Rick Scott (left) and CFO Jeff Atwater (center) play key roles in selection of the state’s next insurance commissioner.

Update April 18: OK, it’s now 71 with the applications supposedly closed.

Update April 15: The deadline day nears end with 67 applicants listed.

Interesting discussion here.

Update April 12: Make that 67 applicants, including a former Alabama state insurance counsel and consumer protection official, Michael Bownes.

Update: Don’t look now, but there are 61 candidates for insurance commissioner, up from 55.

As of Friday evening, newer names include Joshua Williams, a hotel risk director; agent Victoria Haussler;  consultant Richards Barger, Jr.; French insurance company official Said Abadi; Georgia attorney Scott Cipinko, and Kentucky health co-op vice president Tracy Bertram.

Scott and Atwater have not publicized any new interviews with candidates.

Original post: Interviews with candidates to become Florida’s first new insurance commissioner since 2003 have been officially reopened through April 15, though there were no new names on the Florida Cabinet website as of early Wednesday afternoon.

Still listed are the two candidates who interviewed publicly when the Cabinet could not agree on a choice March 29, a meeting that featured questions raised in a story by The Palm Beach Post.

The known candidates are former federal administrator and private executive Jeffrey Bragg of the Tampa area and state Rep. Bill Hager, R-Delray Beach and former Iowa insurance commissioner.

The four-member Cabinet appoints the next commissioner, and it next meets April 26.

Want to hear what people are saying? Listen to a Florida Round-Up discussion with reporters including The Palm Beach Post’s Charles Elmore on Miami public station WLRN. The insurance commissioner segment begins about 25 minutes in. Click this link and press the “listen” button.

 

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