Jane Cline to Leave W.Va. Commissioner’s Post
May 23, 2011 by Allison Bell
Jane Cline, the 2010 president of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, will be retiring from her post as West Virginia insurance commissioner June 30.
Cline has been working in West Virginia state government for 30 years and has been the top West Virginia insurance regulator since 2001.
The current West Virginia governor, Earl Ray Tomblin, a Democrat, said Cline has “repeatedly demonstrated her skills as a manager, professional leader and independent problem-solver…. She deserves high praise, gratitude and accolades for her long and dedicated service to the people of West Virginia.”
Cline, who was first appointed to the commissioner’s post by another Democratic governor, Bob Wise, put out a statement expressing appreciation for the support she has received from Tomblin.
“I am looking forward to spending more time with my family and pursuing other interests,” Cline said in the statement.
Cline could not immediately be reached to comment on her future plans.
Tomblin will name a replacement for Cline “in the future,” officials said.
In West Virginia, Cline helped lead efforts to create a state-run health insurance pool for low-income residents with health problems.
At the NAIC, Kansas City, Mo., she coordinated state regulators’ response to the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Cline also has been chair of the management committee at the NAIC’s Interstate Insurance Product Regulation Commission.
– Allison Bell