Governor Jan Brewer yesterday announced directorship changes at the Arizona State Land Department and Arizona Department of Insurance. Brewer has named Vanessa Hickman the new Land Commissioner for the Arizona State Land Department, replacing outgoing Commissioner Maria Baier.
Ms. Hickman has served the Land Department as Deputy Commissioner since 2009. The leadership transition for the Land Department is effective November 29, 2012.
Brewer also announced that Gerrie Marks will continue as Director of the Arizona Department of Insurance. Ms. Marks has led the Department as Acting Director since June 2012.
“Gerrie has played a critical role in the guidance and leadership of the Department of Insurance, and I’m confident she’ll continue to serve the citizens of Arizona well,” said Governor Brewer. “Her legal expertise, knowledge of the Department and familiarity with the challenges facing Arizona insurers and consumers leave her well-suited to serve the State of Arizona in this capacity.”
As Director of the Department of Insurance, Ms. Marks is charged with promoting the insurance marketplace in Arizona by monitoring the financial security of insurers and protecting consumers. Prior to this spring, she had served as the agency’s Deputy Director since 2003 – and focused on regulatory affairs for the Department beginning in 1997. Earlier, she was Assistant Attorney General for the Arizona Attorney General’s Office (1992-1997); worked in private practice for Platt & Westby (1990-1992); and served as a law clerk and bailiff for Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Robert Myers (1989-1990).