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Commissioner Jones announces retirement of department’s chief deputy and appoints new chief deputy

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For Release: June 2, 2016
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Commissioner Jones announces retirement of department’s chief deputy and appoints new chief deputy

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones announced today that Nettie Hoge, chief deputy for the California Department of Insurance, is retiring June 30, 2016. Commissioner Jones also announced his appointment of Joel Laucher, the current Deputy Commissioner of Rate Regulation, to fill the chief deputy vacancy left by Hoge.

As Chief Deputy, Nettie Hoge has overseen all operations and policy matters at the department, on behalf of the commissioner. Hoge has served the department in various roles throughout the years, including Health Policy Advisor, in which she advised former Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi on key insurance policy issues with a special emphasis on health insurance. Hoge developed and implemented Commissioner Garamendi's policies on healthcare reform, while at the same time managing the staff of the Consumer Services Division and the Policy and Research Division. She also served as policy director in the Office of the California State Lieutenant Governor and spent time working as the executive director of a non-profit advocacy group for utility ratepayers and as a legal advocate.

"I have greatly appreciated Nettie Hoge's wise counsel and leadership as my chief deputy since the start of my first term," said Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. "California's consumers, the insurance marketplace, and the department are all much better off because of her tireless work advancing the mission of the Department of Insurance."

Joel Laucher is taking over his new duties as chief deputy effective July 1, 2016. Since 2009, Laucher has served as the Deputy Commissioner of the Rate Regulation Branch, managing the property-casualty rate regulation and prior approval process, and negotiating hundreds of millions of dollars in savings for consumers. During his 31 years at the department, Laucher has worked in a variety of capacities, including as Chief of the Market Conduct and Consumer Services Divisions and as Chief of the Field Rating and Underwriting Bureau. He has also worked as a Commercial Lines Underwriter at the Great American Insurance Company and the Commercial Union Insurance Company. 

"Joel has been a strong member of my executive team and has demonstrated a deep commitment to the mission of the department and to the wellbeing and professional development of all of the department's employees," said Commissioner Jones. "I am confident that Joel will provide continuity for my leadership team while also improving our effectiveness and capacity through his down-to-earth and collaborative leadership style."

The California Department of Insurance, established in 1868, is the largest consumer protection agency in California. Insurers collect $310 billion in premiums annually in California. Since 2011 the California Department of Insurance received more than 1,000,000 calls from consumers and helped recover over $469 million in claims and premiums. Please visit the Department of Insurance website at Non-media inquiries should be directed to the Consumer Hotline at 800.927.4357. Telecommunications Devices for the Deaf (TDD), please dial 800.482.4833.

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