Eric Skrmetta elected chairman of Louisiana Public Service Commission

By The Associated Press
on January 31, 2013 at 9:21 AM, updated January 31, 2013 at 9:53 AM

The state’s board of elected utility regulators has chosen Commissioner Eric Skrmetta as its chairman for 2013. The Advocate reports the Metairie Republican replaces Louisiana Public Service Commission Chairman Foster Campbell, of Bossier Parish.

On Wednesday, the five elected members of the PSC then elected Commissioner Clyde Holloway, of Forest Hill, as vice chairman.

Skrmetta said that as chairman he wanted all consultants to visit with commissioners prior to presenting their reports to the PSC. He also said he wanted the hired experts, usually economists and accountants specializing in utilities, to sign that they had no conflict of interests in preparing the reports for the commission.