Gov.-elect Bill Ritter just appointed Marcy Morrison, the mayor of Manitou Springs, Colorado’s new Insurance Commissioner. The Colorado Springs Gazette reports that the Republican, who has served as a state lawmaker and El Paso County commissioner, will oversee regulation of the state’s insurance industry. Morrison said she has some ideas for the new job, but the appointment came as such a surprise that she hasn’t even found out what she will be paid.
Morrison, 71, said she will resign her Manitou Springs post and likely live in Denver part-time in her new duties. The state Senate will likely vote on Morrison’s confirmation next month.
She said Colorado lawmakers need to focus on how consumers can get affordable health insurance and also wants to make insurance policies more understandable for buyers.
“I think this is the right time to make some changes happen particularly in the health insurance world,” she said
She said she’ll be an objective advocate on insurance issues because she has no desire for higher office and said she’ll work well with both parties in what she views as a non-partisan position
“I hope I was chosen because I’m the kind of Republican who has always worked well with the other side of the aisle,” Morrison said.