Jim Ridling, who has served as commissioner of the Alabama Office of Insurance policies for 14 a long time, will retire at the stop of this month, Gov. Kay Ivey declared.
“As Alabama’s longest serving insurance policy commissioner, Jim has kept steadiness in the agency, all even though bringing new thoughts to guarantee our point out was supplying our folks the most effective, no matter if that be in instances of organic catastrophe or only in our day to day lives,” Ivey claimed in a press launch.
“I am certainly grateful Jim dedicated so numerous decades to the state of Alabama and want him the ideal in his properly-deserved retirement.”
Ridling is the longest serving appointed commissioner in the state, Ivey said. He has retained Alabama active in the National Affiliation of Insurance plan Commissioners and served as chairman of the Southeast Zone for 10 yrs. The Alabama Department of Insurance coverage was reaccredited by the NAIC a few periods in the course of Ridling’s tenure, most not long ago in April.
Ridling founded the Bolster Alabama Residences software to give grants of up to $10,000 to Alabama citizens to fortify their houses to aid protect from severe weather conditions. Five thousand Alabama homes should really be fortified by the finish of this 12 months, the most of any condition for household properties fortified to Insurance coverage Institute for Small business and Property Protection specifications, the governor’s office environment explained.
Ridling thanked Ivey and praised his workers.
“I also respect, so substantially, the perform of the devoted and professional point out staff members who workers the Division of Insurance policies,” Ridling reported in a push launch. “They are astounding! We have carried out some good matters alongside one another, and I know we will all be equipped to search back again on these many years with pride.”
Ridling designed the Insurance plan Fraud Bureau inside of the Section of Insurance plan and a cyber-security heart, the governor’s office mentioned. He also proficiently recruited much more than a dozen new residence coverage corporations to provide Alabama’s coastal communities.
Ivey named Deputy Commissioner Mark Fowler as acting commissioner efficient July 1. Fowler’s expertise in the agency, as well as extra working experience on the state and federal sides will serve the state well, the governor said.
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