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Utilities and Transportation Commission appoints policy director

LACEY, Wash. – Today the Utilities and Transportation Commission announced the appointment of a new director of policy.

Chris McGuire, formerly the commission’s assistant director of energy regulation, has been appointed to policy director. In this role, McGuire will lead the commission’s statewide policy strategy and development for regulated industries, including investor-owned energy utilities and private transportation companies.

“Chris is an experienced manager with a deep knowledge of the regulatory processes, and has shown great leadership during a time of significant change in the industries we regulate,” said UTC Chair Dave Danner. “I am confident he will be outstanding in his new role.”

McGuire joined the agency in 2012. Prior to this appointment and his role as assistant director, McGuire served as a regulatory analyst in the Conservation and Energy Planning Section and as an energy policy strategist in the Energy Regulation Section. Prior to joining the commission, he interned at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo.

McGuire holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington, and a Master of Science degree and an MBA from the University of Colorado. He was also a recipient of the prestigious Governor's Award for Leadership in Management in 2020.

The UTC regulates the rates and services of investor-owned electric utilities, telecommunications, natural gas and water companies, garbage-collection haulers, household-goods movers, charter-bus companies, commercial ferries, pipeline companies, and a low-level radioactive waste repository. The commission does not regulate broadband or Internet services, including those provided by regulated telecommunications companies.