Byron Harris, director of the Public Service Commission's Consumer Advocate Division, plans to retire at the end of the month after more than three decades with the division, the Public Service Commission announced Wednesday.
He was originally hired in 1982 as an economist for division, which is tasked with representing consumers in PSC proceedings.
In 2007, he succeeded Billy Jack Gregg as the division's director, and was reappointed to additional two-year terms in 2009 and 2011.
On Wednesday, the commission tapped deputy consumer advocate Jacqueline Lake Roberts as the division's new director.
An attorney, Roberts is admitted to practice law before the Unites States Supreme Court and the Bar of the Supreme Courts of West Virginia, Ohio, New Hampshire, Vermont and Nevada.
Prior to joining the Consumer Advocate Division, she worked as senior manager of regulatory affairs and public policy for EnerNOC, Inc. She has also worked as assistant consumer counsel for the Ohio Consumer Counsel and executive director and president of the Public Utility Policy Institute in Concord, New Hampshire.
PSC Chairman Mike Albert said the commission was pleased to appoint Roberts to lead the consumer division.
Roberts will officially begin her term as director Oct. 1.