In our opinion: Commissioner Kreidler must resign

With revelations of contempt in the office, it’s hard to imagine State Commissioner for Insurance Mike Chrydler effectively performing his duties to serve the people of Washington. For the good of the service and the state, Kreidler must resign.

The Colombian is not the first to call for Cridler’s resignation. On Friday, Gov. Jay Insley issued a statement that read in part: “Commissioner Kreidler assured his staff and the public that he would work to improve relations with staff, but instead fired a staff member who spoke on the issue. All employees deserve respect, regardless of their status of will. Therefore, I believe that we need a different leadership in this position and I believe that he should resign.

A statement from the State Democratic Party said: “We were deeply disappointed and concerned by the first group of complaints against Mike Chrydler earlier this year and hoped that his apologies and training efforts were sincere and gave him the opportunity to change his actions and behavior. . But now it is very clear: he has learned nothing.

In particular, Chrydler is a Democrat. He is serving his sixth term in a nationwide position and won re-election in 2020 with 65 per cent of the vote. But party affiliation or the previous will of the electorate has little to do with whether the elected official can perform his duties effectively. The way the state contractor manages his office has an impact on how that office serves the people of Washington.

In recent months, many potential and former employees have uncovered cases in which Kreidler was degrading or rude, focused on race, or used degrading terms for the minority population. In February, John Nosky, the agency’s director of legislative affairs, filed a formal complaint alleging that Kreidler had harassed him.

Nosky was fired last week after returning from medical leave. This decision directly led to calls for Kreidler’s resignation.

In response to these calls, Kreidler said: “I can not comment on details on a particular issue with staff, but the conclusion that leaving an important and valuable employee was because he filed a complaint against me is not true and does not reflect the full context of the story . “

Kreidler’s performance has faced public scrutiny over the past year. He unilaterally decided to ban the use of credit ratings when setting premiums for insurance policies, after the proposal was rejected by the legislature.

Whether or not he has the power to pursue such a policy, he must remain separate from the question of whether he should remain in office. Like party affiliation, political decisions differ from broader doubts about whether Kreidler can do his job effectively.

“I promised to do better and stand up for that commitment,” he said on Friday. “At the same time, I intend to continue to work with the dedicated people of our agency and work on the important consumer protection issues before us.”

This seems unlikely after the last dispute. Although we don’t know the whole story about Socks leaving the department, we do know that there is a toxic atmosphere that has caused many complaints and that Kreidler’s management is detrimental to the people of Washington.

The Office of the Insurance Commissioner touches every resident of our country, regulating health insurance, car insurance, owner and tenant insurance. The public deserves someone who can manage it with the utmost integrity and efficiency.

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