Uncategorized  |  September 29, 2020

Continuity During an Important Time

by Interim Director, Tynesia Dorsey

I would like to take this opportunity, my first Director’s letter as Interim Director, to thank Jillian Froment for her service to the state of Ohio. Jillian spent nearly 10 years at the Department of Insurance, serving six years as Deputy Director and almost 3 1/2 years as Director. During that time she shaped insurance policy and guided the agency to a long list of accomplishments both nationally and in Ohio. We thank Jillian for her service as a leader and wish her the best in her future endeavors.

On August 24 Governor DeWine named me Interim Director to ensure operational and regulatory continuity during an important time for both consumers and the industry. I am honored to have been chosen for this role. I have more than 20 years of experience at the department, primarily leading different operational aspects as a senior team member, including as Chief Administrative Officer and Director of Consumer Advocacy.  I am excited for this new opportunity and to lead our agency of talented and dedicated public servants. We will continue to focus on upholding our mission of protecting consumers through education and fair but vigilant regulation while promoting a stable and competitive environment for insurers.

I look forward to working with the industry, legislators, and stakeholders as we carry on with the important work we have been doing for all Ohioans. As always, please feel free to contact us with any insurance questions or concerns you may have.

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