The Arizona Corporation Commission today announced that Jodi Jerich will serve as its Executive Director beginning Monday, January 7.

Jerich comes to the Commission having served over three years as Director of the Arizona Residential Utility Consumer Office (RUCO), an agency charged with representing the interests of residential utility ratepayers in cases before the Commission.  She was appointed by Governor Brewer in 2009 – and confirmed by the state Senate – to run the day to day operations of the agency, which has an approximate $1.3 million budget with a staff of attorneys and utility analysts.

Prior to being appointed by Governor Brewer to head up RUCO, she served as Chief of Staff of the Arizona House of Representatives.  From 2004-2008, she managed House operations and its $12 million annual budget.  Jerich authorized payment of House expenditures and payroll and worked with the Speaker of the House to create a budget surplus, supervised the House’s 175 employees and independent contractors including partisan and nonpartisan staff, as well as the Chief Clerk’s Office and administrative personnel.

Jodi Jerich also has prior direct experience with the Arizona Corporation Commission, having served as Policy Advisor to former Commissioner Mike Gleason from 2002-2004.  In this position, she became familiar with the utilities regulated by the Commission and developed a broad background in utilities regulation and energy policy.

Jerich serves on the Arizona State Governing Committee for Tax Deferred Annuities and Deferred Compensation Plan that manages approximately $1 billion of assets for state employees’ supplemental defined contribution retirement plans.

She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Indiana University, a graduate of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, and a member of the Arizona bar.

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