DENVER — Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today appointed Glenn Vaad to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission.
Vaad, of Mead, brings more than 25 years of public service in a variety of elected and appointed positions to the commission. He will replace James K. Tarpey, who announced his resignation last month.
“Glenn is a distinguished leader who has dedicated much of his life to public service,” Hickenlooper said. “He knows how to listen to all sides of an issue and work with varied interests to find common ground. Glenn is calm, courageous and a good addition to the Public Utilities Commission.”
The reappointment is effective Jan. 7, 2014, for a term expiring in January 2017.
“This is a great opportunity to build on the 26 years I have served the people of Colorado,” Vaad said. “I look forward to diving into the often complex regulatory issues facing the Public Utilities Commission and helping to negotiate the right balance between energy development and the environment.”
Vaad worked for 31 years at the Colorado Department of Transportation in various positions, including legislative liaison and secretary to the Colorado Transportation Commission.
His public service experience includes: one year each on the Mead Town Board and the Mead Sanitation Board; nine years on the St. Vrain Valley Board of Education, including two years as president; two years on the Weld County Planning and Zoning Commission; eight years elected to the Weld County Board of Commissioners; and six years elected as a state representative from House District 48.
State statute requires there not be more than two members on the commission from any one political party. Two of the current members are Democrats. Vaad is a Republican.
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