Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis issued the following statement on the resignation of Chris Gardner, Citizens Property Insurance Corporation’s Board of Governors Chairman, and announces the appointment of an interim chair. Per Florida Statute, Florida’s Chief Financial Officer appoints the chair of the Citizens Board.
“Chris has been a tremendous asset to Citizens Property Insurance Corporation and Florida insurance consumers. The work he and the Board have done over the last several years helped change Citizens for the better. His skills and expertise, including understanding the concerns and bringing the perspective of insurance agents to the table, were invaluable. On behalf of all Floridians, I want to thank Chris for his service to our state, and leadership as chairman.
“To ensure that there is a smooth transition and there is not a gap in leadership as we enter the peak of the 2018 Hurricane Season, I will be appointing Gary Aubuchon as Interim Chairman. Gary’s time on the Board, and deep experience with insurance issues makes him a great choice to take the helm.”