Insurance Commissioner Names New Top Staffers

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger has appointed a new assistant commissioner and general counsel, shuffling her staff after the departure of her top deputy.

Praeger promoted Zachary Anshutz from general counsel to assistant commissioner. Anshutz will replace former Assistant Commissioner Bob Tomlinson.

Tomlinson is a former Kansas House member and left Praeger’s office to become the director of the state office that handles hearings on administrative decisions by state agencies.

Anshutz has been part of the Insurance Department’s legal staff for nearly six years.

To replace Anshutz as general counsel, Praeger has promoted John Wine from assistant general counsel. Wine is a former member of the utility-regulating Kansas Corporation Commission. Wine also served as general counsel in the secretary of state’s office and as Kansas securities commissioner.