Monday, November 29, 2010

Morrison departing state post early

Posted By on Mon, Nov 29, 2010 at 3:03 PM


Marcy Morrison is looking forward to reconnecting with her home area of Manitou Springs and Colorado Springs when she steps down as Colorado insurance commissioner on Wednesday, Dec. 1, more than a month ahead of John Hickenlooper taking over as governor.

"I’ve put four years into this job and I always think a new governor needs to bring in his own team," she says in an interview. "I’m looking forward to getting back. I’ve been so disconnected in a way, being only back on weekends. I have a great fondness for my community."

Noting she wasn't pushed out, she says Hickenlooper's transition team members need to start looking for the kind of person they think is best for insurance commissioner.

"It's been a terrific job with lots going on," she says. "Anyone who wants to come into this job needs a lot of energy. How do you keep providing health care for consumers? How do we get quality? How do we get more of it? How do we afford it? My job has been great. It’s been a challenge every step of the way. Still, it’s not home. I hope I leave my division with the thought there’s a lot going on outside Denver, and we should try to do better outreach to be sure people do know what’s going on."

Asked what her future holds, Morrison says, "I’m looking forward to not driving I-25," and adds, "Do you have any ideas?"

Her final thought: "I am not running for anything, believe me."

Morrison served as an El Paso County commissioner from 1984 to 1992. After that, she served eight years in the Colorado House of Representatives and chaired the Health Environment, Welfare and Institutions Committee.

In 2000, she was elected as Manitou Springs' mayor where she served over five years, and was appointed as insurance commissioner by Gov. Bill Ritter as he took office in 2007.

The Department of Regulatory Agencies issued this press release this afternoon:

“It is with gratitude that we wish Marcy Morrison the best in her future endeavors,” said DORA Executive Director Barbara Kelley. “Marcy’s focus has been diligent and effective in protecting Colorado consumers in the insurance marketplace. DORA will miss her, and we thank Marcy for her years of dedicated service as Commissioner.”

Morrison, a former School Board member, County Commissioner, Mayor of Manitou Springs and State Representative, was named Colorado Insurance Commissioner by Governor Bill Ritter in 2007. She is a strong advocate for Colorado consumers, bringing several consumer-oriented bills before the Legislature as Commissioner, including the 2010 measure that will require insurance policies be written at a 10th grade reading level by January of 2012.

“Marcy is a tireless advocate who worked to balance the needs of consumers with the needs of the insurance industry,” Governor Ritter said. “Her experiences as a legislator, a mayor and as a community leader gave her a unique set of skills that helped her excel as insurance commissioner. She served with distinction, and her positive imprint will be felt for years to come.”

Kelley announced that as of December 1st, John J. Postolowski, a veteran state employee and current Deputy Commissioner of Finance and Administration at the Division of Insurance, will serve as the interim Commissioner, pending a permanent appointment by Governor-elect John Hickenlooper.

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