The Terry Barnich Award for Promoting International Cooperation Among Utility Regulators and Development of Professional Regulation is the highest honor bestowed by the NARUC Committee on International Relations. Presented annually, the award recognizes a commissioner or staff member from a state regulatory body or affiliated organization for outstanding contributions to NARUC’s international efforts.
The award honors the memory of the former Chairman of the Illinois Commerce Commission (1989 to 1992), Terrence "Terry" Barnich, who was killed on Memorial Day, May 25, 2009, while working as the Deputy Director of the State Department office overseeing U.S. reconstruction projects in Iraq. He was a dedicated public servant and an active NARUC member.
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