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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 4, 2005
CONTACT: PATRICIA VAN GERPEN, (605) 773-3201
Public Utilities Commissioner Sworn In
New South Dakota Public Utilities Commissioner Dustin Johnson was sworn into office today during a ceremony in the State Supreme Court Chambers.
Johnson served as Governor Mike Rounds' senior policy advisor for economic development, transportation and energy, and was an architect of South Dakota's progressive 2010 Initiative plan prior to winning the election. Johnson also has experience working for the private sector, city and county government and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He received his Bachelor's degree from the University of South Dakota and his Master's in Public Administration from the University of Kansas.
Johnson said he will focus on issues such as improving telecommunications, developing renewable energy and working for better consumer utility services. "My number-one priority is to protect consumers' rights when it comes to South Dakota's utilities," Johnson said. "I will be an advocate for citizens statewide when it comes to utility service and renewable energy development."
"I look forward to working closely with Commissioner Johnson," PUC Chairman Bob Sahr said. "His campaign message hit home with consumers. He's committed to protecting and improving their telecommunications and energy services and to exploring renewable energy development opportunities."
PUC Vice-Chairman Gary Hanson stated, "Dusty will make a great fit in the PUC and brings enthusiasm with a solid background to the Commission. Commissioner Johnson has shown that he has a good understanding of the needs of South Dakota's citizens. We'll be working together on a number of issues with the goal of improving utility services for South Dakotans."
Johnson is a native of Pierre. He and his wife Jacquelyn reside in Mitchell where she is a financial advisor for Dice Financial Services Group.