(a) The Insurance Commissioner, in consultation with the Secretary of the Department of Commerce, may appoint such assistants and deputies and such examiners, attorneys, clerks, stenographers, and other personnel as may be necessary to assist him or her in the discharge of the duties imposed upon him or her under the Arkansas Insurance Code and as may be authorized by law. All such personnel shall devote their entire business time to their duties in the State Insurance Department.
(b) The commissioner, in consultation with the Secretary of the Department of Commerce, may employ an actuary on a consulting or full-time basis to perform such duties as the commissioner may designate.
(c) The commissioner, in consultation with the Secretary of the Department of Commerce, may at any time terminate the appointment, designation, or employment of any assistant, deputy, examiner, attorney, actuary, clerk, or other employee.
(d) The compensation for all such personnel so appointed or employed shall be as fixed by law.
(e) The commissioner, in consultation with the Secretary of the Department of Commerce, may contract for and procure on a basis of fee such independently contracting examination, actuarial, technical, and other professional services as he or she may from time to time require for the discharge of his or her duties.
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