Florida Insurance consumer advocate post draws nearly 80 applicants

Feb 14, 2011

The following article was posted to the Florida Current on February 14, 2011:

Insurance consumer advocate post draws nearly 80 applicants

Nearly 80 people — many of whom are current state employees — have applied to be the state’s next Insurance Consumer Advocate, a review of applications by the Florida Tribune shows.

Attorneys from the Department of Health, Department of Transportation, Department of Business and Professional Regulation and the Attorney General’s Office have submitted applications for the post.

The advocate position — which reports to the Chief Financial Officer — is charged with representing the public in various regulatory functions, including in public hearings on insurance company rate hikes.

Acting Insurance Consumer Advocate Robert “Terry” Butler applied for the post. Other familiar people who have applied for the post include former Office of Insurance Regulation spokesperson Ed Domansky; former Florida Medical Association General Counsel John Knight and insurance attorney Alan Leifer.

Office of Insurance Regulation Deputy General Counsel Susan Dawson also applied for the post.

Department of Financial Services spokesperson Alexis Lambert said there is no deadline for Atwater to fill the post.

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