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Cohen to leave Dept. of Insurance

A holdover from Lt. Gov. John Garamendi's term as insurance commissioner, general counsel Gary Cohen, announced Friday that was leaving the Department of Insurance for the industry after working to help transition Steve Poizner into the job.

"Gary has provided extraordinary leadership to the Department during the past four years," Poizner said in a statement. "I appreciate his willingness to stay on board during the transition, and I thank him for his service to the State and wish him luck in his new endeavor."

Poizner's office said Cohen will take positions as deputy general counsel of Allianz of America and chief counsel of Fireman's Fund Insurance Company. Poizner has not yet named a replacement.