PURA Commissioners Elect Chair and Vice-ChairToday the Commissioners of the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority re-elected Commissioner Katherine S. Dykes as PURA's Chair and Commissioner John W. “Jack” Betkoski, III as Vice-Chair.
Dykes, a Democrat, recently served as Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and was appointed as a PURA commissioner last October by Governor Dannel P. Malloy. An attorney, Dykes previously served as Deputy General Counsel for the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and as Legal Advisor to the General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Energy. She is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School and currently resides in West Hartford.
Betkoski's re-election today caps two decades of service as a PURA commissioner, the last ten years of which he has served as the agency's Vice Chair. A former legislator specializing in water issues, he is presently First Vice President of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. Betkoski, a Democrat, is currently Chairman of the Connecticut Water Planning Council, and a member of the American Water Works Association Research Foundation’s Public Council on Drinking Water Research.
Commissioners Dykes and Betkoski are joined by Commissioner Michael A. Caron, a Republican from West Hartford.
The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority is required by law to elect a Chair and Vice-Chair annually, in June, for a one-year term beginning on July 1.