The man who engineered the policy that kept Colorado health insurers from vacating the individual market will become the state’s interim insurance commissioner on Jan. 1.

Michael Conway, who has served as deputy commissioner for consumer and compliance services since March 2016, will take over for Marguerite Salazar, who has led the Colorado Division of Insurance since 2013.

Salazar was promoted to executive director of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies in July and has been serving in both posts since then but decided to step down as insurance commissioner to concentrate on DORA.

While Conway's title is "interim commissioner," he will serve through the remainder of Gov. John Hickenlooper’s term, which ends in January 2019, a DORA announcement said.

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