OLYMPIA, obviously. (AP) — Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee says insurance commissioner Mike Kreidler is expected to step down.
The 78-year-old Democrat's six-term resignation was reported by the Northwest News Network on Wednesday, when Kreidler's office fired employee John Noskey.
In February, Socks filed a written complaint, alleging that Kreidler had been harassed and had increasingly spoken out against employees. The socks act as Kreidler's legal relationship, which must be maintained by the legislature on behalf of the insurance commissioner.
Of course, he was released on Tuesday, the same day he went to work after the sick leave. The agency, of course, did not name the reason for the release.
Current employees and former insurance commissioners also told the Northwest News Network that Kreider was or was subjected to verbal abuse by employees and what they sometimes called offensive language.
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Kreidler said in February that he was "surprised" and "saddened" to learn that his behavior had a negative impact on employees, saying it was not his intention.
"I'll double it to be more careful with people," Kreidler said at the time.
Inslee said in a statement Friday that events in recent months have shown Kreidler to be failing in his managerial responsibilities.
“Commissioner Kreidler assured his staff and the public that he would work to improve staff relations, but instead fired an employee who spoke out on the matter,” Insle said. “All employees deserve respect, regardless of their position. So I think we need different leadership in this position and I think we should leave.
Washington State Democrats also rallied Friday to demand Kreidler's resignation after a group of state senators opposed him on Thursday.
Kreidler said in a statement on Friday that he could not comment on the details of the personal file, "but that the outcome of an important and valuable employee's complaint against me was incorrect and does not reflect the full context of the story."
Kreidler also said that while he generally respected Insley's views, he did not agree with Kreidler's ability to remain in office.
“I take full responsibility for my past behavior and acknowledge the impact it has had on those around me and those I have served,” the statement said. I intend to do better and fulfill this obligation. “At the same time, I plan to continue to serve our agency's dedicated staff and work on important consumer protection issues going forward.
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