In a news conference Wednesday in
Conway, 45, was charged after a
Causey and top insurance regulators in
"I can deal with the criminal charges, even as disturbing as they are," Causey said at a press conference Wednesday. "What I cannot accept is the cover-up, the misrepresentation of facts, the lack of respect for oversight and regulation of the company and lack of respect for law enforcement officers who are only doing their duty."
"As a result of this lack of leadership and governance by the CEO and Board of Directors, I am today asking for the resignation of Dr.
"But there is no path forward for this office to have a trusting, confident and reliable working relationship with the chief executive officer at
Police report on arrest
But on Wednesday, Causey said the Blue Cross NC board had misrepresented the arrest. According to a confidential police report revealed Tuesday by WRAL, Conway denied wrongdoing and later became "belligerent" at the police station.
The police report quotes Conway saying: "'You had a choice. You could have let me go. You don't know who I am. I am a doctor, a CO of a company. I'll call
Causey said in an interview that he didn't learn of Conway's behavior until he personally requested a copy of the
Causey said he did not believe board members had seen the extended police report. Though he added, "I can't imagine if you were a supervisor of a CEO, why you wouldn't immediately get the full facts from the police department and see what happened.
"It appears to me the CEO lied to the board and it appears to me that somebody ... kept this from the
Conway, for his part, has apologized for the incident. His attorney,
"He knows his conduct was unacceptable and not consistent with who he is as a person. He has never had an incident like this before," Walker said, noting that Conway "voluntarily and successfully completed 30 days of inpatient substance use treatment. He's committed to continuing to handle this appropriately going forward and will do so."
On Tuesday, Blue Cross NC said it was suspending a merger with Cambia, an
The merger would need to be approved by Causey, a Republican, and several regulators in other states where Cambia operates.
Hilliard said the
"This is a unique situation, and it will take time to review the matter before a decision is made," he said.
"We are concerned by the failure of both
Causey also said
"It goes to the integrity of the CEO and their leadership ability, the CEO's state of mind and a host of other things," Causey said. "This CEO was slated to lead this combined entity if it ever got approved."
The state of
In a letter to the board of Cambia, Washington Insurance Commissioner
Krieidler, a Democrat, said he learned only about Conway's June arrest on
"Both the board and CEO share the responsibility to deal with my office in a straightforward and honest fashion. Secrets are not permissible," he said in the letter to the board of directors.
"Your behavior in this matter must, and will, be taken into account as my office considers the Cambia/Regence's request for a merger," the letter concluded.
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