Calif. DOI Conducts Search for General Counsel

California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner announced that Patricia Staggs will serve as interim general counsel and Susan Stapp will serve as interim deputy general counsel at the Department of Insurance. The announcement comes on the eve of Gary Cohen’s departure as general counsel, and upon the announcement that current Deputy General Counsel Connie Perry will retire.

Staggs has served as assistant chief counsel at the Department DOI for 15 years and has supervised a bureau in the Legal Division since 1989, including the Corporate Affairs Bureau, Policy Approval Bureau, and Conservation and Liquidation Bureau.

Stapp has servedat the DOI 18 years, as assistant chief counsel for the Policy Approval Bureau, as assistant chief counsel for the Corporate Affairs Bureau and previously as senior staff counsel.

The DOI is conducting a nationwide search for General Counsel.