Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman yesterday announced the death of State Insurance Director Tim Wagner. He was 65.

Mr. Wagner died Tuesday after suffering a stroke six days earlier.

Deputy Director Ann Frohman has been appointed to serve as acting director of the department, according to the announcement.

Mr. Wagner had served in his post since 1999 when he was appointed by Gov. Mike Johanns. At the time he was named to the job he was a vice president with Central States Indemnity Co. of Omaha, Neb.

“I want to express my deepest condolences to Tim’s family and all those who’ve worked with him, both at the department of insurance and throughout the private sector,” Gov. Heineman said.

“Tim was a good friend and we will certainly miss him. On behalf of Sally and my family, I send our most heartfelt sympathies to his family and friends.

The governor said Mr. Wagner was “a great asset to the state of Nebraska. He was very professional when it came to the role he played in regulating the insurance industry, yet was very successful in helping recruit new business investment to our state.”

“He worked tirelessly to position our state as an excellent place for insurance companies to do business, and his many contributions will not be forgotten,” he added.

Funeral arrangements were not immediately announced.