In what can be called not a hugely unexpected turn of events for
those watching the situation at scandal plagued State Compensation
Insurance Fund, Charles Savage has been terminated as Vice
President for Legal. He is the most recent to go. He has accepted a
lesser job at the carrier.
While State Fund officials indicate publicly that this change is
not part of the ongoing investigation of activities at the carrier
it is known that Savage was appointed to Executive Committee by now
fired former president James C. "Jim" Tudor.
Officials say on the record that the Board decided that the
carrier needed new leadership and the change was made. But the
position is that of chief compliance officer and others close to
the situation call the move part of the ongoing regime change.
Savage in fact was originally chosen over his then boss Chief
Counsel Robert "Bob" Daneri, a departure from normal civil service
procedures. Now, Savage will be leaving the "16th floor" as the
executive suite is known, for the 3rd floor and working back under
his old boss Daneri.
Under civil service rules, Savage, as vice president, had a CEA
– Career Executive Assignment – which is an exempt position. He
retained and exercised his right to go back to the job he held
prior to the appointment.
He has chosen to exercise that right and is going back as
Assistant Chief Counsel for large litigation. The salary difference
is estimated at $45,000 per year.
A story is expected in the Los Angeles Times tomorrow.
Filed by Dale Debber in Sacramento