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 Kristine (Sasser) Raper was appointed to the commission effective February 19, 2015, by Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter. Commissioner Raper replaces Commissioner Marsha Smith who retired after 24 years on the commission. 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 will serve on the Electricity Committee of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissions (NARUC).
The commissioner and her husband, Mark, share three children.
THIRD COMMISSION SEAT VACANT
In Memoriam: Commissioner Mack Redford (1937-2015)
BOISE (July 1, 2015) -- The Public Utilities Commission and the State of Idaho lost an outstanding public servant with the passing of Commissioner Mack Redford late Tuesday night, June 30.
Since Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter appointed him to the Commission in 2007, Mack served the commission with dedication and genuine enthusiasm. All those who worked with Mack were impressed with his interest in PUC-related issues and in his ability to add a personal touch to the work environment. Mack made a practice of visiting the offices of his co-workers regularly. During contested cases that came before the Commission, Mack treated all parties with fairness and respect. A diehard Vandal, he was gracious even to Bronco fans.
“Mack was the true embodiment of what it means to be a public servant,” said Governor Otter. “His wealth of international business experience coupled with his numerous positions inside government gave Mack the kind of insight and combination of skills that is extremely difficult to find and even harder to replace. The people of Idaho lost a true champion and I have lost a good friend. The First Lady and I are keeping Mack, his wife Nancy, and their family in our prayers.”
At the time of his appointment, Commissioner Redford, 77, 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.
Commissioner 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, Commissioner 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 1991, Commissioner Redford was retained by TransManche Link, 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 Redford & 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 the Boise law firm of Elam & Burke in 2001.
He was also very active in community service serving as chair of the Idaho Pardons and Parole Commission, the Board of Directors for Zoo Boise, a volunteer for the Service Corps of Retired Executives and a volunteer in CASA’s Guardian Ad Litem program. He was a past president of both the University of Idaho Foundation and the University of Idaho Vandal Boosters.Commissioner Redford is survived by his wife, Nancy and two children.