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Alaska Director of Insurance

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The Alaska Director of Insurance is a state executive position in the Alaska state government. He or she oversees the Division of Insurance, a subdivision of the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development. The Division of Insurance is responsible for establishing and enforcing regulations of the insurance industry in Alaska.

Current officeholder

The current director of insurance is Linda Hall. She was first appointed on March 3, 2003. As the director serves at the pleasure of the commissioner of commerce, Hall is not subject to reappointment.

Before assuming office, Hall was a commercial insurance broker. She served as chair of the Alaska Workers Compensation Review and Advisory committee, and as president of the Alaska Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers. She also represented Alaska on the Board of Directors of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America from 1997 to 2003.[1]

Prior to entering the insurance industry, Hall was a high school English teacher. She earned her B.A. from the University of Michigan.

Authority

The authority of the director of insurance derives from statute, which states that the director of the Division of Insurance is appointed by the commissioner of commerce, community, and economic development.[2]

Alaska Statutes, Title 21, Chapter 6, Section 10

The commissioner of commerce, community, and economic development shall appoint the director, division of insurance, Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development. The director serves at the pleasure of the commissioner.

Qualifications

State law does not require any particular qualifications of the director of insurance.

Appointment

The director is appointed by the commissioner of commerce, community, and economic development.[2]

Term limits

There are no term limits specified for the director of insurance.

Vacancies

Alaska law does not prescribe any particular procedure for dealing with vacancies. It is the commissioner of commerce, community, and economic development's responsibility to appoint a new director.

Duties

The mission of the Division of Insurance is to "assure competitive, viable, ethical, and lawful insurance is available to all Alaskans." The division licenses insurance providers, adjusters and brokers and examines their records to ensure compliance. It also produces educational materials for consumers and annual reports on insurance companies operating in the state. The director and his office are empowered to establish regulations, such as limitation of risk, to ensure the financial health of insurance companies and supervise their business practices. Some of the regulations the Division of Insurance enforces are established by the legislature itself, which are outlined in Title 21 of the Alaska Statutes.

Additionally, the director plays an important role in the Alaska government's reaction to natural disasters by determining whether a catastrophe has occurred for insurance purposes. He or she make also take extraordinary measures to license insurance adjusters, etc., to ensure companies speedily address and pay out claims following a disaster.

Compensation

In 2010, the commissioner of education received compensation in the amount of $135,000.[3]

See also

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