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Ricky Polston is leaving his job as General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer at Citizens Property Insurance Corp., the state-backed insurer announced.
“The former Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice was presented with an opportunity he felt was best for him and his family at this stage of what has been an exemplary legal career,” Citizens President and CEO Tim Cerio wrote in a news release, calling the departure “bittersweet.”
He added, “During his brief tenure here at Citizens Ricky has become a respected counsel and trusted adviser to me and other members of the Executive Leadership Team.”
Cerio said Polston would finish out the month at Citizens before heading to the Shutts & Bowen law firm. Ken Tinkham will take over as Acting General Counsel and Chief Legal Counsel upon Polston’s exit.
Polston served on the Florida Supreme Court for 14 years. He resigned in March, though he was eligible to serve at least eight more years on the bench before facing mandatory retirement. On March 29, a couple days before he hung up his robes, the Citizens board voted unanimously to hire him as General Counsel.
“When the stars align, best stay out of the way,” board Chair Carlos Beruff said at the time.
But the stars didn’t align for long, as Polston will have held the Citizens job for only about three months after he exits on June 30.
“My decision was not an easy one. During my time with leaders and employees from across the company, I have been amazed at the team’s level of professionalism, dedication, and enthusiasm,” Polston said in a statement shared by Cerio.
“I understand and fully appreciate the critical role Citizens plays during these challenging times in the Florida property insurance market. Citizens’ policyholders and the people of Florida are in good hands.”
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