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Utilities and Transportation Commission appoints new executive director

LACEY, Wash. - The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission today announced the appointment of Amanda Maxwell as the agency’s new executive director.  

Maxwell has held several positions at the commission over the last 13 years. Most recently, she served as the UTC’s director of consumer protection and communications. In that role, she oversaw the commission’s communications and media relations, consumer protection, complaint investigation, public involvement, and outreach programs.  

Maxwell succeeds Mark Johnson, who announced his retirement earlier this month after 34 years in state service. 

“I am pleased that Amanda Maxwell has agreed to take on this role,” said UTC Chair Dave Danner. “She understands the values and the needs of the commission, and I am confident she will be a strong and steady leader for our organization.” 

Maxwell holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Arizona State University.     

The UTC regulates the rates and services of telecommunications companies, investor-owned electric utilities, natural gas and water companies, garbage-collection haulers, residential movers and charter-bus companies, commercial ferries, pipeline companies, and a low-level radioactive waste repository. The commission ensures that the services of regulated companies are safe, available, reliable, and fairly priced.