Corporation Commission Chairman Bob Anthony will also serve as Director of Administration for the agency effective January 1, 2015.
Anthony said he has agreed to take on the additional duties in order to help the Commission successfully complete its current transition phase.
“It is a legal requirement that this position be filled, and I agree to serve for a short time until our new commissioner arrives and can help us appoint the most qualified candidate,” Anthony said.
Commissioner-elect Todd Hiett will take office on January 12, 2015.
Current OCC Director of Administration Lori Wrotenbery informed Commissioners in October she would be leaving the agency for family reasons.
Bob Anthony’s business experience includes executive management of thousands of employees in hundreds of locations, president of a trucking company running over a million miles annually and service as chairman of the Trust Committee of Oklahoma’s largest bank trust department. He graduated with honors from the Wharton School of Finance, holds graduate degrees in administration from Yale and Harvard, and rose to the rank of captain in the U.S. Army Reserve.
He is currently the longest serving utility commissioner in the United States and has served six times as chairman of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. He holds positions with the National Petroleum Council, the Gas Technology Institute, and the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.