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News Release
Public Utility Commission Chairman to Retire
June 12, 2003 (2003 - 015)
Contacts:  Roy Hemmingway, Chairman, 503 378-6611; Lee Beyer, Commissioner, 503 378-6611; Bob Valdez, Public Information Officer, 503 378-8962
Salem, OR - Roy Hemmingway, the chair of the Oregon Public Utility Commission, will retire September 1, Hemmingway announced today.
Hemmingway was appointed as chair of the commission in May, 2001, by Gov. John Kitzhaber. Previously, he served as Gov. Kitzhaber’s policy advisor on salmon and energy issues beginning in 1995.
In an earlier stint in state government, he was an advisor to both Governors Bob Straub and Victor Atiyeh, as well as a founding member of the Northwest Power Planning Council, the regional electricity planning body.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time on the Commission and the opportunity to serve Oregonians during some very challenging times," Hemmingway said. "However, the 18 years I have served in state government are enough, and I would like to enjoy life a little more and pursue other opportunities."
Hemmingway serves as Chairman of the Energy Resources and Environment Committee of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and has been very active in discussions regarding energy markets, formation of western regional transmission organizations, as well as the future of the Bonneville Power Administration.
Hemmingway graduated with a BA from Stanford in 1968, and a Law Degree from Yale University in 1972.
Hemmingway, 57, lives in Portland with his wife Katy and his son Chapin.