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Governor Appoints New Public Service Commissioner

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State Capitol
Cheyenne, WY 82002
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October 16, 2012


Renny MacKay
Communications Director


Governor Appoints New Public Service Commissioner

CHEYENNE, Wyo. –  Governor Matt Mead has appointed Bill Russell to serve on the Wyoming Public Service Commission (PSC). Russell will replace Cindy Lewis, who recently resigned. The PSC regulates public utilities that provide services to consumers in Wyoming. Russell must be confirmed by the State Senate.

“Bill comes highly recommended from his time as a litigator defending the State of Wyoming and from his time as a commander in the Air Force,” Governor Mead said. “I am confident in his ability to work with utilities to make sure consumers are provided with safe and reliable services and that the rates individuals and businesses pay are reasonable.”

Bill Russell has worked as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Wyoming since 2001. He was an officer in the Air Force from 1975 to 1998. He received his law degree from the University of Wyoming.

“I very much appreciate the support of Governor Mead and I look forward to this opportunity to serve the people of Wyoming,” Russell said. “We are all impacted by utility rates and I will work diligently to represent consumers.”

“I want to thank Cindy Lewis for her commitment to the PSC and dedication to effective regulation,” Governor Mead said. Lewis was appointed to the PSC in 2004. She previously served as executive director of the Board of Parole, staff attorney to Chief Justice Marilyn Kite and executive secretary and legal counsel to the State Board of Equalization.

Lewis said, “It has been my honor to serve the citizens of Wyoming for the past 8 years as a chairman and commissioner of the Public Service Commission.”