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Haire elevated to deputy commissioner

JACKSON — Mississippi Insurance Department (MID) general counsel Mark Haire has officially been named deputy commissioner of insurance by Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney.

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 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 this year.

“I believe Mark’s background and extensive regulatory experience make him well qualified to serve as deputy commissioner as MID continues to address the crucial insurance issues that are vital to Mississippi’s economic welfare,” Chaney said.

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