Don Bauder 8:42 p.m., May 23
Former Insurance Commissioner, Now a Cop, Under Investigation Again
Chuck Quackenbush, former California insurance commissioner who resigned under fire in 2000, is back in trouble again. As the Reader revealed in August of 2006, Quackenbush is now a deputy sheriff in Lee County, Florida; his salary has plunged from $132,000 as commissioner to $33,000 as cop. According to the Insurance Journal, Quackenbush has been placed on administrative leave because he shot a person he was trying to arrest. The incident will be investigated. This is normal procedure, Quackenbush told the Associated Press. He was investigated in California as a result of the Northridge earthquake. Insurance companies that should have paid fines in the billions of dollars were instead collectively chipping in sums in the low millions to a foundation that was supposed to advertise the importance of insurance. Actually, a whistleblower reported that the foundation was spending the money getting Quackenbush elected governor. He resigned facing almost certain impeachment.