barry_gilway.jpgTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Citizens Property Insurance Corp. President Barry Gilway says he made a “dumb decision'' in how he went about abolishing the firm's Office of Corporate Integrity.

Gilway said Tuesday it was a mistake to abolish the office in the midst of an attorney general's investigation into alleged travel expense irregularities. He said he should first have taken action against underperforming employees in the office.

He also said problems at the state-backed insurer have been greatly exaggerated in some reports and that the actions of a few shouldn't tarnish all 1,300 employees at the company who are doing a good job.

Gov. Rick Scott ordered an investigation last month to review Citizens' decision to fire four employees responsible for finding wrongdoing in the agency after reports of lavish travel expenses some executives.