Citizens Property Insurance President Barry Gilway went before the Florida Cabinet on Tuesday to praise his team for steering the state-run company in the right direction.
Gilway praised the company for beginning to shrink in size and reducing the level of risk. He also batted down criticism about the level of expenses and spending at Citizens, saying that the company’s expenditures are lower than most competitors.
Still, after criticism from Scott and others about corporate expenses on everything from alcohol to strippers, Gilway acknowledged that changes were going to be made.
Some Cabinet members were clearly disturbed by the history of scandal at Citizens:
“This isn’t a fraternity, these are professionals,” said Attorney General Pam Bondi. “What part of reasonable and appropriate (spending) did they not understand?”
Bondi wanted to know what Gilway was doing to discipline the employees who had abused the corporate card.
“I can only focus on what is going forward,” said Gilway, who joined the company last June.
The questions continued.
Scott: “How many people have corporate cards? Why do you have them?”
Bondi: “Many of these employees (with troubled spending histories) are current employees, correct?”
Gilway said they are conducting a study and looking at potentially making changes for the corporate cards (nearly one in five Citizens employees have them). He told Bondi that he didn’t think it was appropriate to discipline employees for what they had done before strict guidelines were in place.