Betty Ann Kane was formerly Chair of the District of Columbia Public Service Commission. Willie Phillips is the new Chair.
PUF Staff was honored to be invited to Betty Ann Kane's retirement celebration at the District of Columbia Public Service Commission at the end of January. Not only was Betty Ann Kane retiring as the Chair of the Commission, having served almost twelve years also as a Commissioner, but she is an icon in D.C. politics. That is because she has served some forty-four years in various positions in D.C. government, perhaps with a few breaks, but not many.
The citizens of the District of Columbia know that Betty Ann Kane is tireless in her devotion to public service. She graciously agreed to our interview during her first few days of leaving the Commission, although she did tell us she is consulting, so perhaps it isn't really a full retirement. That might help explain why we ran into her at NARUC's winter meeting in Washington, D.C. in February.
At her retirement party, she handed the baton to D.C. PSC Chair Willie Phillips, who you will also hear from here. Tommy Wells, director of the District's department of the environment and energy, served as the master of ceremonies for the celebration. D.C. Councilmembers Kenyan McDuffie, Mary Cheh and Robert White were also in attendance, as were numerous D.C. policymakers.
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