Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich Jr. announced that a search is under way to replace Insurance Commissioner Alfred W. Redmer, who resigned Tuesday and will leave his $136,000 post Friday. [@@]
Redmer, a former distributor and third-party administrator of employee benefit plans, served 2 years as commissioner. Under state law, the commissioner vacancy will be filled temporarily by Deputy Commissioner James McMahan III.
Redmer is leaving his commissioner’s post to take over as the chief executive officer of Coventry Health Care of Delaware Inc., Wilmington, Del., a unit of Coventry Health Care Inc., Bethesda, Md. Coventry’s Delaware plan provides or administers health coverage for about 105,000 resident residents of Delaware, Maryland, Southern New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Information about Tim Nolan, who is now listed as the Coventry unit’s chief executive, was not immediately available.
Redmer says the chance to take over as head of the Delaware plan is a terrific opportunity.
“Coventry is a top-performing company in the health insurance sector,” Redmer says.
The former Republican assemblyman endured a fair amount of criticism by Democrats during his term, some of it occurring after HMOs increased rates following the legislature’s passage of a 2% premium tax.