§33-2-16. Office of Consumer Advocacy established; Director of
Consumer Advocacy; promulgation of rules.
(a) There is hereby created within the agency of the Insurance
Commissioner the Office of Consumer Advocacy. The position of
Director of the Office of Consumer Advocacy is a full-time
position. The Director shall be an attorney licensed in the State
of West Virginia. The Director shall be appointed by the Governor
for a term of four years to coincide with the term of the Governor
and may be discharged only for failure to carry out the duties of
the office or for other good and sufficient cause: Provided, That
the current Director of the Office of Consumer Advocacy or other
appointee of the Commissioner shall continue in the position until
the Governor appoints a new Director.
(b) The Insurance Commissioner shall provide office space,
equipment and supplies for the office.
(c) The Director may promulgate rules pursuant to article
three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code in order to effect the
purposes of this section and sections seventeen and eighteen of
(d) On or before the first day of each regular session of the
Legislature, the Director shall file with the Governor, the Clerk
of the Senate and the Clerk of the House of Delegates a report
detailing the actions taken by the division in the preceding