Missouri utility regulator takes job with California company
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - The chairman of a Missouri panel that regulates utilities such as electric and natural gas companies is taking a job at a California utility company.
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. said Friday that it hired Missouri Public Service Commission Chairman Robert Kenney as its vice president for regulatory relations. Kenney will join the company Aug. 24.
Kenney has been chairman of the Missouri regulatory panel since 2013 and a member of the commission since 2009.
In his new role, Kenney was set to manage company proceedings before the California Public Utilities Commission. San Francisco-based Pacific Gas and Electric said it provides energy to nearly 16 million people in California.
Gov. Jay Nixon said in July he would appoint former Democratic state Sen. Maida Coleman to fill the empty commission seat resulting from Kenney's departure, he said Friday he would appoint commissioner Daniel Hall as the commission's new chair.
[This story has been updated to include information about Daniel Hall's appiontment.]