February 8, 2022

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler today announced that Michael Wood will serve as the agency’s new Deputy Chief Commissioner.

Wood joined the office in October 2021 after serving as administrator of the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration. While there, he oversaw a team of 200 people responsible for occupational safety and health for all workers in Oregon. Prior to his time in Oregon, Wood worked in the Washington Department of Labor and Industries and the state legislature. Wood received a bachelor’s degree in English and political science from Gonzaga University.

“Michael brings a wealth of experience in strategic planning, regulatory and legislative strategies, management and unemployment insurance,” Kreidler said. “He led Oregon State’s workplace safety efforts during the height of the COVID pandemic and has proven to be a strong and stable leader during his short time with our agency.”

Wood replaces former Deputy Chief Commissioner Mark Dietzler, who resigned to return to the private sector as a lawyer.

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