Deputy Commissioner of Insurance
Mississippi Insurance Department (MID) General Counsel Mark Haire was officially named Deputy Commissioner of Insurance by Commissioner Mike Chaney effective July 1, 2009.
Haire, a Mississippi native, is a graduate of Mississippi College and Mississippi College School of Law. He began his legal career as a law clerk for the firm of Kitchens & Pickard, and practiced briefly with the Shannon Law Firm in Hazlehurst, Mississippi, before joining MID as a staff attorney in 1987. In his role as a staff attorney, Haire provided legal advice and assistance to the Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner, and all divisions and units within MID.
From 1992-1997, Haire served as staff counsel at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi, and returned to MID as a Special Assistant Attorney General in 1997. He was named General Counsel of MID in 2001, and had been serving as Acting Deputy Commissioner since January of 2009.
As General Counsel, he managed MID’s legal division; conducted regulatory reviews of company mergers and acquisitions; represented MID in administrative hearings and receivership proceedings; participated on various task forces and working groups at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners; and served as liaison with outside counsel.
Duties of the Deputy Commissioner of Insurance
All divisions of the Department report directly to the Deputy Commissioner. The Deputy
Commissioner supervises all insurers the Commissioner has placed into
rehabilitation or liquidation. The Deputy is charged with working with
the Legislature on all legislative issues, included budgeting and
proposed new legislation.
Pursuant to Miss. Code Ann.
§ 83-1-7, the Deputy Commissioner shall have the power to act as
Commissioner during his absence or inability to act, and shall
perform any and all duties of the Commissioner.