Four candidates remain for watchdog role at Citizens Property Insurance

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It’s a little like “American Idol.”

As of Thursday, the number of candidates vying for the internal watchdog role at Citizens Property Insurance stands at four, according Jim Turner of the News Service of Florida. In the next week, the three-member selection committee will begin background checks on the four.

Gov. Rick Scott created the position to oversee the travel spending at the state-backed insurance firm after concerns over the firing of the agency’s Office of Corporate Integrity. Citizens will maintain the job, as part of an insurance law Scott signed in May.

Once those background checks are completed, the surviving candidates will advance Aug. 23 to the state Financial Services Commission, which includes Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam. The final decision will be next month.

The four contenders:

  • Hector Collazo Jr. — a former law enforcement officer and Inspector General for the Pinellas County Clerk of the Circuit Court
  • R. David Holmgren—the deputy Inspector General the U.S Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration
  • Bruce Meeks — attorney with the Law Offices of Roberts & Meeks in Tallahassee
  • Thomas Raftery — Inspector general for the Delaware River Port Authority in Camden, N.J.

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