Morrish may apply for Citizens job

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State Sen. Dan “Blade” Morrish wants to know if there are any ethics impediments to him becoming executive director of the Citizens Property Insurance Corp. board.

Morrish, R-Jennings, asked the Louisiana Board of Ethics for an expedited advisory opinion on the question. The board is expected to take the issue up Friday.

Morrish asked whether ethics laws “prevent me from being employed on June 1, 2013, in the position of executive director.”

Morrish is currently chairman of the Senate Committee on Insurance and a member of the corporation’s board of directors.

“I am considering applying for the position of executive director ... understanding that if successful, I would have to resign from the Louisiana Senate and the Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corporation Board of Directors,” Morrish wrote ethics administrator Kathleen Allen.

The executive director is hired by the Commissioner of Insurance and not appointed to or employed by the board, Morrish said.

The ethics issue revolves around who the executive director is hired by, according to the ethics lawyer assigned the analysis.

Citizens executive director Richard Robertson submitted his resignation effective June 1. Robertson’s salary is $240,000.