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In 2010, the director received compensation in the amount of $115,650.<ref>[http://knowledgecenter.csg.org/drupal/system/files/Table_4.11.pdf ''The Council of State Governments'', "Book of the States 2010, Table 4.11," accessed May 20, 2011.]</ref> His or her compensation is determined by the Department of Administration in its annual recommendation to the legislature.<ref>[http://www.azleg.gov/FormatDocument.asp?inDoc=/ars/38/00611.htm&Title=38&DocType=ARS ''Arizona Revised Statutes'', "Title 38, Chapter 4, Article 1, Section 611," accessed June 7, 2011.]</ref>
 
In 2010, the director received compensation in the amount of $115,650.<ref>[http://knowledgecenter.csg.org/drupal/system/files/Table_4.11.pdf ''The Council of State Governments'', "Book of the States 2010, Table 4.11," accessed May 20, 2011.]</ref> His or her compensation is determined by the Department of Administration in its annual recommendation to the legislature.<ref>[http://www.azleg.gov/FormatDocument.asp?inDoc=/ars/38/00611.htm&Title=38&DocType=ARS ''Arizona Revised Statutes'', "Title 38, Chapter 4, Article 1, Section 611," accessed June 7, 2011.]</ref>
  
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Arizona Director of Insurance
General information
Office Type:  Non-partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012 FY Budget:  $5,184,200
Term limits:  None
Structure
Length of term:   Serves at pleasure of governor
Authority:  Arizona Revised Statutes, Title 20, Chapter 1, Article 2, Section 141
Selection Method:  Appointed by governor
Current Officeholder

Germaine Marks.jpg
Name:  Germaine Marks
Assumed office:  June 2012
Compensation:  $115,650
Other Arizona Executive Offices
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The Arizona Director of Insurance is a state executive position in the Arizona state government. The director is responsible for establishing and enforcing regulations in the Arizona insurance market "in a manner that protects... consumers and encourages economic development."[1] He or she oversees the Arizona Department of Insurance.

Current officeholder

The current director is Germaine Marks, who was first appointed in June 2012 by Gov. Jan Brewer.[2] Prior to her appointment, Marks served as the Deputy Director of the Arizona Department of Insurance from 2003 to 2012.[2] Marks served as the interim director from June to November 2012, when she was officially chosen as the director by Gov. Jan Brewer.[3]

Authority

The director of insurance's authority stems from Arizona law. The director is appointed "pursuant to section 38-211" of the Arizona Revised Statutes, meaning the nominee must receive the consent of the Arizona Senate.[4]

Arizona Revised Statutes, Title 20, Chapter 1, Article 2, Section 141

A. There shall be a director of insurance who shall be appointed by the governor pursuant to section 38-211.

Qualifications

Per state law, the director must be at least eighteen years old, a citizen of the United States and able to speak English. He or she must also be "well versed in insurance matters" and have been a resident of the state for at least three years prior to appointment.[5]

Arizona Revised Statutes, Title 20, Chapter 1, Article 2, Section 141

C. The director shall be a person well versed in insurance matters who has been a resident of the state for at least three years prior to appointment.

Appointments

The director is appointed by the governor with the consent of the senate.[4]

Arizona Revised Statutes, Title 20, Chapter 1, Article 2, Section 141

A. There shall be a director of insurance who shall be appointed by the governor pursuant to section 38-211.

Term limits

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

Vacancies

If a vacancy occurs, the governor nominates a new appointee to the senate. If the departing incumbent is able to continue to hold office until the new appointee qualifies, he or she does so. Otherwise, the nominee assumes office pending confirmation. If the senate subsequently rejects the nominee, the governor makes a new appointment.

In general, a vacancy appointee serves the unexpired term of the previous officeholder.[6]

Arizona Revised Statutes, Title 38, Chapter 2, Article 2, Section 211

B. If the term of any state office which is appointive pursuant to this section expires, begins or becomes vacant during a regular legislative session, the governor shall during such session nominate a person who meets the requirements of law for such office and shall promptly transmit the nomination to the president of the senate. If the incumbent is capable of continuing to serve until his successor has qualified, a nominee to that position shall not assume and discharge the duties of the office, pending senate confirmation. If the incumbent is unable to continue to discharge the duties of office, the nominee shall assume and discharge the duties of the office pending senate confirmation. If the senate consents to the nomination, the governor shall then appoint the nominee to serve for the term or, in the case of a vacancy, for the unexpired term in which the vacancy occurred. If the senate rejects the nomination the nominee shall not be appointed and the governor shall promptly nominate another person who meets the requirements for such office. If the senate takes no formal action on the nomination during such legislative session, or if a nomination other than one that is required to be sent to the senate during the first week of the legislative session is not received during the session, the governor shall after the close of such legislative session appoint the nominee to serve, and the nominee shall discharge the duties of office, subject to confirmation during the next legislative session.

Duties

The director oversees the Arizona Department of Insurance, the agency charged with enforcing state insurance regulations. The department collects licenses insurance companies to operate within the state and collects various financial filings and reports from them. It makes specific rules based on regulations passed by the state legislature and, with the cooperation of the attorney general, enforces them.[7]

The department also interacts with consumers through its education and outreach initiatives. The department's website publishes a variety of educational materials, verify an insurer's license or peruse its financial info, ask questions about insurance agents or companies, and file a complaint.

Divisions

The Department of Insurance is composed of several divisions:

  • Consumer Services
  • Producer Licensing
  • Fraud Unit & Administrative Enforcement
  • Healthcare Appeals
  • Captive Insurance
  • Arizona Guaranty Fund
  • Insurer Financial Affairs
  • Property & Casualty
  • Life & Health
  • Receivership
  • Market Oversight
  • Business Services
  • Public Information Officer

State budget

The budget for the Department of Insurance in Fiscal Year 2012 was $5,184,200.[8]

Compensation

See also: Compensation of state executive officers

2012

In 2012, the director of insurance was paid an estimated $115,650. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.

2010

In 2010, the director received compensation in the amount of $115,650.[9] His or her compensation is determined by the Department of Administration in its annual recommendation to the legislature.[10]

Recent news

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Contact info

Arizona

Physical address:
2910 N. 44th St., Ste. 210
Phoenix, AZ 85018
Phone: (602) 364-3100

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