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May 19, 2010

Governor Douglas Announces Changes in BISHCA Leadership

Montpelier, Vt. (May 19. 2010) – Governor Jim Douglas today announced changes at the Department of Banking, Securities and Health Care Administration (BISHCA). Commissioner Paulette Thabault will be leaving state government to take a position with CVS Caremark MinuteClinic and Deputy Commissioner Mike Bertrand will be appointed Commissioner of the Department.

“I want to thank Paulette for her tremendous leadership at BISHCA and her dedicated service to the people of Vermont and congratulate her on her new position,” said Governor Douglas. “She will bring her clinical nursing expertise and experience helping to lead Vermont’s innovative health care reform efforts to the largest pharmacy health care provider in the country.”

“It has been an honor and privilege to serve the citizens of Vermont as commissioner at BISHCA,” said Thabault. “I am confident that the coordinated efforts of the BISHCA team along with others in the state will successfully meet the challenges and opportunities of federal health care reform in the months ahead.”

Deputy Commissioner Mike Bertrand will take over from Commissioner Thabault in mid-June. Bertrand has served in numerous positions in state government. Before being appointed Deputy Commissioner at BISCHA, responsible for overseeing the Insurance Division, he served as Deputy Secretary of Administration, Commissioner of the Department of Labor and Industry and as deputy legal counsel and special assistant to Governor Douglas.

“Mike is a strong leader with a wealth of experience throughout state government,” said the Governor. “I am confident that he will do an outstanding job and ensure a seamless transition taking over at the helm of the Department.”

“I am honored and humbled by this appointment, and I look forward to leading the BISHCA team,” said Bertrand. “Commissioner Thabault has made the Department stronger, more efficient and more effective than ever. With the help of all the wonderful and dedicated professionals at BISHCA, I hope to build upon that foundation and continue the Department's tradition of excellence.”

Bertrand received a Bachelor of Arts from Pennsylvania State University and his law degree from Fordham Law School. He lives in Montpelier with his three children.

BISHCA protects consumers against unfair and unlawful business practices in the areas of banking, securities, and insurance, while ensuring that licensed entities are financially healthy.

Source: Office of the Governor
Last Updated at: May 19, 2010 14:29:00