Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

PRC Fires Insurance Director.(Business)

Byline: Winthrop Quigley Journal Staff Writer

Letherer Says Reason Is Office's Authority

The Public Regulation Commission in a 3-0 vote Tuesday fired State Insurance Superintendent Don Letherer.

Commission chief of staff Jack Hiatt said personnel regulations prohibit him from disclosing grounds for the dismissal, but Letherer said he was terminated for fighting with some commissioners over the authority of his office.

Commissioners Bill Pope, Tony Schaefer and Jerome Block voted to dismiss Letherer, while Commissioners Herb Hughes and Lynda Lovejoy abstained, Hiatt said.

Letherer was placed on administrative suspension Jan. 16 pending disciplinary action.

In an interview Tuesday, Letherer said he would not appeal his dismissal but would lobby the Legislature to remove insurance regulation from the Public Regulation Commission "where the superintendent is under so much political pressure. …

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