Posted on 07 Jul 2009
Kermitt J. Brooks became Acting Superintendent of the New York State Insurance Department on July 4, 2009. Brooks steps in following Eric Dinallo's departure, who announced his resignation in May.
Previously, Mr. Brooks served as First Deputy Superintendent of the Department beginning in January 2007. As First Deputy, Brooks was the second in command of the Department, overseeing the functions handled by the Deputy Superintendents of the Department as well as the operations of the agency. In addition, he directly supervised the Life Insurance Bureau.
Mr. Brooks served for almost eight years in the office of New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, joining as Chief of the Claims Bureau in 1999. From 2002 until the beginning of 2007, Mr. Brooks served as Deputy Attorney General for Operations, with responsibility for the day to day operations of the 2,000-employee agency, which has a $220 million budget and 33 offices across the state. In addition to administering the Attorney General’s office, Mr. Brooks also led the investigation into employee benefit insurance, which resulted in settlements with the nation’s largest group disability and insurance carriers and forced a major group insurance broker to refund to clients undisclosed payment made to brokers.