Walker names attorney Ellen Nowak to Public Service Commission

2011-06-17T09:00:00Z 2011-06-17T09:38:23Z Walker names attorney Ellen Nowak to Public Service CommissionBILL NOVAK | The Capital Times | bnovak@madison.com madison.com

A former legal counsel to the Wisconsin Assembly Speaker's Office has been picked by Gov. Scott Walker to serve on the Public Service Commission.

Ellen Nowak was named to the three-member panel on Thursday. She will join the PSC on July 5.

"An important role of the Public Service Commission is to ensure fairness and responsibility when it comes to utility costs and quality for Wisconsin consumers, and I know that Ellen will fulfill her duties with zeal," Walker said in a news release.

Nowak is the second appointee by Walker to the PSC this year, with the governor naming former Rep. Phil Montgomery from Green Bay as chairman of the commission in March.

The third member of the PSC is Eric Callisto, an appointee of former Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle.

Nowak currently is chief of staff for Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas. She was legal counsel to the Speaker's Office from 2002-06, before becoming Speaker John Gard's chief of staff.

JSOnline reported this is the first time since 2004 that Republicans hold two of the three seats on the PSC.


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