Paul Suskie Resigns from Arkansas Public Service Commission, Joins Southwest Power Pool

by Joanna Kauffmann  on Friday, Dec. 17, 2010 3:21 pm  

Paul Suskie, chairman of the Arkansas Public Service Commission, announced Friday that he will resign to take a position at Southwest Power Pool.

Southwest Power Pool, the nonprofit, electric-utility cooperative in Little Rock, oversees an electricity power grid in eight states.

In his resignation letter to Gov. Mike Beebe, Suskie said that he will be joining SPP "to be a part of their work in independently operating our region's electric grid pursuant to FERC approved tariffs."

In an e-mail informing his staff of his resignation, Suskie said that "it is through my experience at this Commission and as North Little Rock's City Attorney that I have seen firsthand the significant benefits of having an electric grid independently operated."

At SPP, Suskie will be taking on the roles of general council, and senior vice president of policy.

"The general council role is very similar to a role I had for the city of North Little Rock as city attorney," Suskie said. "On the policy side, I will work with the federal government and also with various states on developing policies."

Suskie was appointed to the Public Service Commission in January 2007.

"We're very sad," Commissioner Colette Honorable said of her colleague's departure.

Suskie will start work at SPP after the first of the year.

In February, SPP announced plans to develop a $63 million campus in west Little Rock. Construction should be complete by 2012. The new campus will enable SPP to expand by about 200 jobs through 2012, raising its total workforce to roughly 650. The new positions will draw an average annual salary of $82,000.



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