Letters from the West

Mack Redford, Idaho Public Utilities commissioner, died Tuesday

Idaho Public Utilities Commissioner Mack Redford died Tuesday night.

Redford was appointed to the commission in February 2007 by Gov. Butch Otter and reappointed in February 2013.

At the time of his appointment, Redford practiced law for the Boise-based firm of Elam & Burke PA, specializing in commercial transactions, construction and engineering law, mediation, real estate and general business.

Redford grew up in the Weiser and Caldwell areas, graduating from Caldwell High School. He received both his bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Idaho and in 1967 became a deputy in the Idaho Attorney General’s Office. In 1977, he became a deputy attorney general for the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, headquartered in Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands. The territory included a chain of 2,000 islands stretching from Hawaii to the Philippines.

“Mack was the true embodiment of what it means to be a public servant,” Otter said in a statement. “His wealth of international business experience coupled with his numerous positions inside government gave Mack the kind of insight and combination of skills that is extremely difficult to find and even harder to replace. The people of Idaho lost a true champion and I have lost a good friend.”

In 1981, Redford became general counsel for Morrison Knudsen Engineers and Morrison Knudsen International, a position that took him to Saudi Arabia where MK was building the King Khalid Military City. In 1990-91, Redford was based in Folkestone, England, where he was legal counsel for the Channel Tunnel Contractors, the builders of the 31-mile Channel Tunnel connecting England and France. It is the second-largest rail tunnel in the world.

In 1992, Redford joined the Boise firm of Park & Burkett. In 1993, he was retained by the World Bank of the Government of Nepal as contract and claims counsel for a hydroelectric project. In 1996, he became general counsel for Micron Construction, which was later acquired by Kaiser Engineers. He joined Elam & Burke in 2001.

Redford and his wife, Nancy, are the parents of two children.