By Jim Turner
The News Service of Florida
Published: Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 6:36 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 6:36 p.m.
TALLAHASSEE — The state has resumed its search for a new insurance commissioner after Gov. Rick Scott and Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater could not reach agreement Tuesday.
Atwater recommended that the Florida Cabinet choose state Rep. Bill Hager, R-Delray Beach, for the position and pay him $190,000 a year. Hager is a former Iowa insurance commissioner.
But Scott, who had proposed Palm Harbor resident Jeffrey Bragg as a finalist for the position, refused to second Atwater’s motion.
“I’m not going to come to agreement right now,” Scott replied to Atwater after the Cabinet spent close to an hour interviewing the two finalists.
Instead Scott said the state should reopen the application process through the middle of April and that the Cabinet should reconsider the position on April 26.