Florida Supreme Court Justice Ricky Polston, who announced his resignation from the bench last week, will become the new general counsel and chief legal officer of the state-run Citizens Property Insurance Corp.

Citizens’ Board of Governors on Wednesday unanimously approved Polston’s appointment. The justice announced on March 20 that he would resign from the high court effective this Friday. 

Amid what many observers consider a statewide insurance crisis, the company has been taking on more and more homeowner policies over the past year as several insurers left the Florida property insurance market, leading to higher premium costs.

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