Bi-partisan group of Senate leaders call on Washington’s Insurance Commissioner to resign

A statement from Senate leaders said the allegations included “abusive and inappropriate conduct in the workplace.”

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A bipartisan group of Senate leaders is calling for the resignation of Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler after they say he fired a whistleblower who made allegations of ill-treatment.

A statement from Senate leaders said the allegations included “abusive and inappropriate conduct in the workplace.”

In a statement to KING 5 on Thursday, a spokesman for the Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) said the whistleblower was an employee at will.

“The agency has made the decision to end its discretion [the employee’s] Optional appointment as OIC Legislative Liaison. This position is a freely selectable position that the agency can terminate at any time. The decision to end his appointment was made after ongoing discussions with [the employee] about his role in the office in the further development of the agency. [The employee] was a valued member of our Legislative and Policy team and all wish him well in his future endeavours.”

The agency gave no reason for the termination of the employee.

Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig said in a statement Thursday he had serious concerns about Kreidler following the “first disturbing reports of his behavior” towards employees.

“Now that he has decided to fire the employee who had the courage to even come forward, it has become clear that the insurance commissioner has learned nothing from these past incidents and I believe it is time for him to step down ‘ said Cheap.

Republican Senate Chairman John Braun and other senators also called for Kreider’s resignation Thursday.

The Associated Press reports that in previous media interviews, Kreider said he does not remember all of the alleged incidents, but acknowledged that he used inappropriate language “on and off”.

Kreidler has said in response to the complaint that he has apologized to staff and “will be open to their feedback as I move forward,” the Associated Press reported.

Kreidler was first elected insurance commissioner in 2000. He was re-elected to a sixth term in 2020.

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