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Alaska insurance division director to resign

Posted: November 22, 2013 - 1:08am

ANCHORAGE — Bret Kolb, the director of the Alaska Division of Insurance, has announced he is resigning next month.

Kolb is leaving to take a position as the director of business development for Palmer-based Victory Ministries of Alaska, according to the Anchorage Daily News.

Kolb’s resignation letter says his last day with the state position will be Dec. 19. He said he is leaving the government and insurance industry altogether.

Victory executive director Brian Headdings said Kolb will start his new job in January.

Kolb previously worked as a chief financial officer for Victory, which operates Christian camps in Fairbanks and Sutton, as well as a conference center.

Kolb, a Wasilla resident, said his new job will allow him to work from home and no longer commute to Anchorage.

“It was an opportunity to do something that was good for my family,” he said.

Kolb said his resignation is not connected to the health insurance marketplace. He said it also is not connected to the recent announcement by Gov. Sean Parnell to not expand Medicaid in Alaska.

As insurance division director, Kolb reviewed providers’ rates and form filings under the health care insurance marketplace. He also coordinated with state and federal agencies on the health care law, said Dru Fenster, spokeswoman with the state Department Of Commerce, Community and Economic Development.

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