Letters from the West

Retired PUC commissioner Smith returns to fill vacant post until January

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter reappointed Marsha Smith to the Idaho Public Utilities Commission on an interim basis to replace Mack Redford who died in June.

Smith’s interim appointment will expire on January 15, 2016. At that time, a new commissioner will be appointed to replace her, pending Idaho Senate confirmation. Smith was first appointed to the PUC by then-Gov. Cecil Andrus in 1991, and previously served the commission as a deputy attorney general. She served as a Commissioner for 24 years before retiring last February.

“I wish to extend my sincere thanks to Marsha, who after retiring has agreed to step back in to her familiar and valuable role as public servant at a time of need,” said Otter. “In the wake of the untimely death of my good friend Commissioner Mack Redford, I can think of no better person to fill that void than Marsha because she knows the issues and has invaluable experience.”

Smith re-joins President Paul Kjellander and Kristine Raper on the Commission.

“I deeply regret the circumstances that created this vacancy,” said Smith. “I am honored to step in on a temporary basis to assist the commission with an unusually heavy case load as well as facilitate a thoughtful process that will allow timely confirmation of a permanent replacement.”