Governor John Lynch today announced that Public Utilities Commission Chairman Thomas B. Getz plans to step down after the first of the year. Getz has been chairman of the PUC since 2001. His current term expires in June 2013.
"I want to thank Tom Getz for his years of service to the people and the State of New Hampshire. Tom has provided strong leadership at the PUC, balancing the needs and concerns of the utilities and the ratepayers," Governor Lynch said. "He has also been invaluable in the state's response to natural disasters, acting as a liaison between the state and the utilities, working to ensure power would be restored as soon as possible. I wish him all the best in his future endeavors."
As PUC Chairman, Getz serves as the presiding officer at the Commission's adjudicative hearings and as the chief administrative officer for the 70-person agency, overseeing an $8 million annual budget. The core mission of the PUC is to ensure that customers of regulated utilities â" providers of electricity, natural gas, telecommunications and water - receive safe, adequate and reliable service at just and reasonable rates.
"After 10 demanding and satisfying years leading the Public Utilities Commission, I am ready to pursue new professional challenges," Getz wrote in a letter to Governor Lynch.
"I am proud of the team in place to carry on these and other duties and I will leave confident that they will live up to the highest professional standards in protecting the public interest," Getz wrote. "To paraphrase Teddy Roosevelt, one of life's great prizes is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. I am thankful to Governor Lynch and Senator Shaheen for giving me that chance."
Getz, 57, was appointed to a six-year term as PUC Chairman in 2001 by then Governor Jeanne Shaheen, and was reappointed by Governor Lynch in 2007. Prior to serving as PUC Chairman, Getz was the PUC's Executive Director from 1996 to 2001.
Getz, an attorney who lives in Manchester, is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and the University of New Hampshire School of Law. He also holds a Master of Public Administration from UNH. Getz is also a veteran of the U.S. Army, 9th Infantry Division, where he served in Military Intelligence.