Craig Johnson taking leave of absence from FCCI after Sarasota arrest
Craig Johnson is taking some time off after an incident at a Sarasota restaurant.

Craig Johnson
Johnson was arrested Thursday for battery of an officer, resisting arrest and trespassing.

FCCI Insurance Group executive Craig Johnson will take a leave of absence from the company after he was arrested for allegedly resisting arrest and battery on a police officer.

Johnson serves as the chairman, CEO and president of the Sarasota-based insurance company.

“Mr. Johnson is taking a leave of absence from the Company, its subsidiaries, affiliates and Board to avoid a distraction for the Company while he responds to these allegations,” FCCI said in a statement.

The Thursday arrest followed an incident at Wicked Cantina just north of downtown Sarasota, the Business Observer reported Friday. Restaurant employees asked Johnson and others to leave because they were allegedly intoxicated and instigating arguments with other customers.

Authorities say Johnson was both physically and verbally abusive to officers after a disagreement at the restaurant. He allegedly said officers would “pay” because of his friendship with the Sarasota sheriff.

Johnson denies the allegations.

“The Board of Directors (Board) takes the recent allegations brought against Mr. Craig Johnson very seriously,” FCCI said. “The Board immediately retained independent professional advisors to review and monitor the situation, and the Board is committed to continuing to act in the best interests of FCCI and its policyholders.”

Sunday’s statement is seemingly a step back from a statement the Business Observer said the group gave to the publication.

“The board has spoken directly with Mr. Johnson and has accepted his denial,” FCCI told the Business Observer. “We anticipate that the factual underpinnings of the events will become more fully developed and established. We have no doubt in Mr. Johnson’s integrity and ability to lead the company.”

Christopher Shoucair — the insurance group’s executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer — will serve as interim CEO and president during Johnson’s leave of absence. John Joseph “Jack” Cox will be the interim board chair.

“The Board is confident that Mr. Shoucair and his team are well-positioned to continue to execute the Company’s strategy and to support all of FCCI’s stakeholders during this interim period,” FCCI said.

The insurance group says it maintains the highest standards of integrity, transparency and accountability.

“All of the FCCI team members remain focused on delivering exceptional customer service to meet the needs of FCCI’s agency partners and policyholders,” the insurance group said.

Johnson was released Friday after posting $1,000 bond, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office. He was arrested by the Sarasota Police Department on two counts of battery on an officer, resisting arrest and trespassing after being asked to leave by the property owner.

Established in 1959, FCCI operates in 19 states and Washington, D.C, providing commercial property and casualty insurance coverage and other services.

Renzo Downey

Renzo Downey covers state government for Florida Politics. After graduating from Northwestern University in 2019, Renzo began his reporting career in the Lone Star State, covering state government for the Austin American-Statesman. Shoot Renzo an email at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @RenzoDowney.


8 comments

  • FCCI Employee

    May 10, 2020 at 8:29 pm

    Integrity? Accountability? Any other company representative would be fired without discussion!

    • FCCI employee

      May 10, 2020 at 9:10 pm

      His son Nathan was arrested with him too. Our motto is Family with Accountability. Where is the Accountability?

      • Darrin Johns

        May 11, 2020 at 12:33 pm

        Mind your own business and do your job you nosy dyke

      • Steele

        May 11, 2020 at 1:37 pm

        Yeah. Says on the arrest report that the 22 year old son Nathan is living with them at the multi million dollar mansion on the water also. Lists his occupation as Unemployed. That doesn’t surprise me.

  • Steele Burgess

    May 11, 2020 at 8:54 am

    Your CEO is a drunk and a racist. And a nasty individual. He makes millions of dollars on insurance ripping people off. Lives in a 4.7 million dollar house and displays this kind of behavior? Time to get rid of him. Please send this email to the appropriate board members. Thanks

    • Darrin Johns

      May 11, 2020 at 12:30 pm

      Listen here, Jack. The world runs on people ripping other people off. Get over it.

      • Steele

        May 11, 2020 at 12:33 pm

        Insurance is a scam. All of them will fold eventually in the near future. It’s coming my friend. It will be a revolution

  • Justice Done

    May 13, 2020 at 1:52 pm

    His racist white cracker ass was fired. The blacks should go live in his house and lynch his white ass in his million dollar back yard. Along with his racist son.

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