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For Immediate Release: February 27, 2013
Contact: Robert J. Thormeyer, 202-898-9382, rthormeyer@naruc.org

Kentucky PSC Vice Chair Gardner Appointed to NARUC Executive Board

WASHINGTON—National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners President Philip Jones of Washington appointed Kentucky Public Service Commission Vice Chair Jim Gardner as a member of the Association’s senior oversight board.

The NARUC Executive Committee provides general organizational and budgetary oversight of the Association. It consists of seven commissioners: The Association’s officers—President, First Vice President, Second Vice President, Treasurer, and Past President—and additional members to ensure that each NARUC region is represented.

Commissioner Gardner will represent the Mid-Atlantic Conference of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, which covers the following States: Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, the District of Columbia, and the Virgin Islands. He is replacing former Maryland Public Service Commission Chair Doug Nazarian, who was appointed to Maryland’s judiciary.

“I am honored to appoint Commissioner Gardner to the Executive Committee,” said President Jones. “He has shown tremendous initiative within NARUC since his appointment to the Kentucky commission in 2008. Commissioner Gardner possesses an inclusive leadership style as he has taken positions of greater responsibility within the organization. I look forward to working with him in this new capacity. Also, I want express my deep appreciation to former Chair Nazarian for his service to NARUC.”

Commissioner Gardner was appointed as Vice Chairman of the Kentucky Public Service Commission in June 2008 and reappointed in July 2012. Within NARUC, he chairs the Association’s Subcommittee on Education and Research, and is a co-vice chair of the Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment. He was the first chair of the NARUC Task Force on Environmental Regulation and Generation. In addition, Commissioner Gardner serves on the Advisory Boards of the Financial Research Institute, the Gas Technology Institute, and the Electric Power Research Institute’s Energy Efficiency/Smart Grid Public Advisory Group.

“I am honored and humbled by this opportunity,” Commissioner Gardner said. “NARUC is a tremendous organization and I am grateful for President Jones’ trust and confidence. I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Executive Committee.”

Prior to his PSC appointment, Commissioner Gardner was elected to the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council in 1982 and served until 1986. He was a member of the Fayette County Board of Education from 1993 to 1997, serving as its chairman from 1995 to 1997.

He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics from Georgetown College, graduating summa cum laude. Commissioner Gardner holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law, where he was a member of the Kentucky Law Journal and Order of the Coif. 

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NARUC is a non-profit organization founded in 1889 whose members include the governmental agencies that are engaged in the regulation of utilities and carriers in the fifty States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. NARUC's member agencies regulate telecommunications, energy, and water utilities. NARUC represents the interests of State public utility commissions before the three branches of the Federal government.

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