The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has named a retired brigadier general Jack Hagan director of the beefed up Consumer Protection and Safety Division (CPSD) at the CPUC. He starts the assignment April 23. Since the San Bruno pipeline explosion, more attention has been focused on this unit in the state regulatory commission. Hagan said his priority will be to “shift safety enforcement” emphasis from compliance to one of “ensuring that all regulated entities operate under a culture based on risk assessment.” Hagan retired in 1999 after 28 years as a Marine Corps infantry officer and was called back to service with the California governor’s Office of Homeland Security in 2003.

April 9, 2012