A 36-year veteran of state service, Jeffrey Goltz is leaving the state of the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC), to be replaced by Ann Rendahl, whom Goltz hired nearly 25 years ago in the state Attorney General's Office (AGO). Gov. Jay Inslee appointed Rendahl on Tuesday to the UTC. Goltz, who was appointed to the state regulatory commission in 2009, notified Inslee's office in August that he would not seek another term. Prior to joining the commission, Goltz practiced law for 34 years, 30 of which were at the Washington AGO. In 1990 he hired Rendahl as an attorney in the state office.
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has reappointed Joshua Epel to another four-year term and the chairmanship at the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC). Epel's new term begins Jan. 12. Prior to his initial PUC appointment, Epel was assistant general counsel at DCP Midstream and prior to that had been appointed to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, where he served as chair.
Paul Clanon, executive director of the California Utilities Commission (CPUC), is retiring after 30 years with the state. Timothy Sullivan, acting chief administrative law judge, has been named interim executive director, the CPUC said. Sullivan, who has worked for 26 years at the CPUC in various capacities, holds an undergraduate degree in mathematics from Yale University and master's and doctorate degrees in public policy from Harvard. CPUC President Michael Peevey recently said he won't seek another term after his expires at the end of the year (see Daily GPI, Oct. 9).