DENVER — Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013 — James K. Tarpey announced today he is resigning from the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) of Colorado effective at the close of business on Jan. 6, 2014.
“James Tarpey brought a diverse background in energy, telecommunications and transportation to the PUC,” Hickenlooper said. “He also helped Colorado establish solid, fair rules and regulations for protecting the environment and promoting business. We will miss his calm, analytical presence on the commission.”
Tarpey was first appointed commissioner on the PUC in January 2008 by then Gov. Bill Ritter. As a commissioner, he participated in a wide range of matters involving the electric, gas, telecommunications and transportation industries. Tarpey was reappointed by Hickenlooper one year ago.
“I appreciate the opportunity Governor Hickenlooper gave me to serve as a commissioner and am proud to have been a part of the important work of the PUC since 2008,” Tarpey said. “Being a PUC commissioner has been very challenging and I definitely have enjoyed it. It also has been time consuming, and I'd like to work less and play more.”
The Governor’s Office is accepting applications to fill Tarpey’s seat on the commission. State statute requires there not be more than two members from any one political party. Two of the current members are Democrats. Resumes and cover letters indicating expertise and interest may be submitted to Doug Young, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Governor John Hickenlooper, at Douglas.Young@state.co.us by 1 p.m. on Nov. 13, 2013. Starting date is Jan. 7, 2014.
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