Larry Hobart, executive director of the American Public Power Association, plans to retire on July 1, ending a 35-year career with public power. Hobart became executive director in 1986, and previously served in several management positions. Hobart also serves as v.p. and board member of the Consumer Federation of America.
Pacific Enterprises, parent of Southern California Gas Co., has restructured the company, to include a new Office of the Chairman. The new office will be headed jointly by Willis B. Wood, Jr., as chairman and CEO, and by Richard D. Farman, as president and COO. Farman's previous role as chairman and CEO of SoCalGas was eliminated, but Warren Mitchell will continue as president. Other promotions include Frederick E. John, senior v.p.; John L. Estes, v.p., chief information officer; and G. Joyce Rowland, v.p., human resources.
Delmarva Power & Light Co. promoted Barbara S. Graham to senior v.p., the first woman to hold that office at the utility. Graham will retain her position as CFO and also serve as company treasurer.
Harold A. Jerry, Jr. (R), member of the New York State Public Service Commission since 1973, was appointed commission chairman by New York Gov. George E. Pataki (R). Jerry succeeds Peter Bradford (D), an influential regulator who served on the PSC since 1987. Commissioner Lisa Rosenblum (D) will become deputy chairman. Maureen Helmer will be the first woman to serve as the PSC's general counsel. She previously was counsel to the New York State Senate Energy Committee. Lester Stuzin was appointed executive deputy to the chairman. He has served 34 years with the PSC.