Commissioner Marsha Smith
Marsha H. Smith is serving her fourth term on the commission. Her current term expires in January 2015. Smith, a Democrat, served as commission president from November 1991 to April 1995.
Commissioner Smith is immediate past chair of the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) Board of Directors and represents Idaho on the Western Interconnection Regional Advisory Body and the State-Provincial Steering Committee. Smith is a past president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), serves on the NARUC Board and is a member and past chair of NARUC’s Electricity Committee. She is also a member of the Steering Committee of the Northern Tier Transmission Group, chaired the Western Interstate Energy Board’s Committee for Regional Electric Power Cooperation from October 1999 to October 2005 and is a member of the National Council on Electricity Policy Steering Committee, the Harvard Electricity Policy Group, the Idaho State Bar and the Log Cabin Literary Center board.
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 her appointment to the commission, Commissioner Smith served as deputy attorney general in the business regulation/consumer affairs division of the Office of the Idaho Attorney General and as deputy attorney general for the Idaho Public Utilities Commission. She was the commission's director of Policy and External Affairs and chair of the NARUC Staff Subcommittee on Telecommunications.
Commissioner Mack Redford
Mack A. Redford was appointed to the commission in February 2007 by Gov. Butch Otter and was reappointed in February 2013. His term expires in 2019.
At the time of his appointment, Commissioner Redford practiced law for the Boise-based firm of Elam & Burke PA, specializing in commercial transactions, construction and engineering law, mediation, real estate and general business.
Redford grew up in the Weiser and Caldwell areas, graduating from Caldwell High School. He received both his bachelor’s and law degree from the University of Idaho and in 1967 became a deputy in the Idaho attorney general’s office. In 1977, he became a deputy attorney general for the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, headquartered in Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands. The territory included a chain of 2,000 islands stretching from Hawaii to the Philippines.
In 1981, Redford became general counsel for Morrison Knudsen Engineers and Morrison Knudsen International, a position that took him to Saudi Arabia where MK was building the King Khalid Military City. In 1990-91, Redford was based in Folkestone, England, where he was legal counsel for the Channel Tunnel Contractors, the builders of the 31-mile Channel Tunnel connecting England and France. It is the second-largest rail tunnel in the world.
In 1992, Commissioner Redford joined the Boise firm of Park & Burkett. In 1993, he was retained by the World Bank of the Government of Nepal as contract and claims counsel for the Arun Ill Hydroelectric Project. In 1996, he became general counsel for Micron Construction, which was later acquired by Kaiser Engineers. He joined Elam & Burke in 2001.
Commissioner Redford and his wife, Nancy, are the parents of two children.
Commissioner Paul Kjellander
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 NARUC Presidential Federalism Task Force 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.