With the resignation of a regulator facing possible impeachment, Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano last Thursday named one of her aides to the five-member, elected Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) to fill out the term of the departed commissioner. Kristin Mayes, the governor’s press aide, assumed a seat on the ACC, for which she will have to campaign in the November 2004 election for a full term.

Mayes, who holds both masters-in-public-administration and law degrees, on Monday replaced Jim Irvin, who resigned last month rather than face possible impeachment action by the state legislature because of his alleged conflicts of interest involving some regulatory cases he handled in the past. Irvin, a Republican, was once the chairman of the ACC.

Democratic Gov. Napolitano appointed Mayes, a Republican, to the seat for which Irvin had been re-elected despite the allegations of conflict-of-interest in his involvement in the failed acquisition of Las Vegas, NV-based Southwest Corp., which serves most of Arizona.

A native of Prescott, AZ, Mayes, 32, earned a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University, from which she later earned a law degree while working for the governor. In between, she earned a master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University, New York City.

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