Commissioner Paul Kjellander rejoined the Idaho Public Utilities Commission in April 2011 following his service as administrator of the Office of Energy Resources (OER). Kjellander, who serves as Commission president, was appointed to his current six-year term by Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter.
Kjellander previously served on the Commission from January 1999 until October 2007. In 2007, Governor Otter appointed Kjellander to head up the newly created OER. During his 3.5 years at OER, Kjellander created an aggressive energy efficiency program funded through the federal stimulus act. Kjellander was also elected to serve as a board member on the National Association of State Energy Officials.
Kjellander, a Republican, was elected to three terms (1994-1999) in the Idaho House of Representatives, where he served as a member of the House State Affairs, Judiciary and Rules, Ways and Means, Local Government and Transportation committees. During his last term in office, Kjellander was elected House Majority Caucus Chairman. His legislative service includes membership on the Legislature’s Information Technology Advisory Council and the House/Senate Joint Committee on Technology. He also served as co-chairman of the Legislative Task Force on the Federal Telecommunications Act of 1996 and vice chairman of the Council of State Governments-West “Smart States Committee.” His interim legislative committee assignments included the Optional Forms of County Government Committee, Capital Crimes Committee and the Private Property Rights Committee.
Kjellander has also served as director of Boise State University’s College of Applied Technology Distance Learning, program head of broadcast technology, station manager of BSU Radio Network, director of the Special Projects Unit for BSU Radio, and BSU Radio’s director of News and Public Affairs.
Kjellander’s undergraduate degrees from Muskingum College, Ohio, are in communications, psychology and art. He has a master’s degree in telecommunications from Ohio University.
As a member of the National Association of Regulatory Commissioners, Kjellander has served on the Telecommunications, Consumer Affairs, and Electricity Committees. He also served as Chairman of the Joint Board on Jurisdictional Separations. Kjellander is a member of the FCC’s 706 Joint Board and serves as vice chairman of the NARUC Telecommunications Committee. He is currently serving as a NARUC representative to the North American Numbering Council (NANC).
Kjellander is a licensed youth soccer coach and has qualified teams for various state and regional tournaments.
Commissioner Smith returned to the commission on July 30, 2015, on an interim basis following the untimely passing of Commissioner Mack Redford. Appointed by former Gov. Cecil Andrus in 1991 she served four terms until her retirement in February 2015. Just five months after her retirement, she was re-appointed by Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter to serve on an interim basis through January 15, 2016, to allow the Governor and Legislature time to appoint and confirm a new commissioner to fill out the remainder of Commissioner Redford’s term.
Commissioner Smith represented Idaho on the Western Interconnection Regional Advisory Body and the State-Provincial Steering Committee. She is past chair of the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) and a past president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). She served on the NARUC Board and is a past chair of the association’s Electricity Committee. She was also a member of the Steering Committee of the Northern Tier Transmission Group. She chaired the Western Interstate Energy Board’s Committee for Regional Electric Power Cooperation (CREPC) from October 1999 to October 2005. She was a member of the National Council on Electricity Policy Steering Committee, the Harvard Electricity Policy Group and is a member of the Idaho State Bar.
Smith received a bachelor of science degree in biology/education from Idaho State University, a master of library science degree from Brigham Young University and her law degree from the University of Washington.
Before joining the commission, Commissioner Smith served as a deputy attorney general in the business regulation/consumer affairs division of the Office of the Idaho Attorney General. She became a deputy attorney general for the commission in 1981 and was chair of the NARUC Staff Subcommittee on Telecommunications. In 1989, she became the commission’s director of policy and external relations until 1991, when Gov. Andrus appointed her to the commission.
A fourth-generation Idahoan, Commissioner Smith has two sons.
Commissioner Kristine (Sasser) Raper was appointed to the commission effective February 19, 2015, by Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter. Commissioner Raper’s term expires in January 2021.
Before her appointment, Raper served seven years as a deputy attorney general assigned to the Public Utilities Commission. In her time as an attorney for the PUC, Raper was involved in electric, gas, water and telecommunication cases. She successfully represented the PUC in two cases appealed to the Idaho Supreme Court. She also represented the PUC in Federal District Court against a lawsuit brought by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. That matter resulted in a settlement between the parties.
Prior to her work in the Attorney General’s office, she served for eight years as a law clerk to Commissioner R.D. Maynard of the Idaho Industrial Commission. Raper developed expertise in Idaho workers’ compensation law and unemployment law matters appealed through the state Department of Labor.
Commissioner Raper was born in Delaware and moved to Utah with her family in the early 1980s. She spent the summer between high school graduation and the start of college working in Grand Teton National Park. She moved to Boise in 1990 to attend Boise State University. In 1995, she earned a bachelor of science in criminal justice from BSU and in 2001 received her juris doctor from the University of Idaho.
Commissioner Raper serves on the Electricity Committee of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and is the incoming secretary-treasurer of the Western Conference of Public Service Commissioners.
The commissioner and her husband, Mark, share three children.