Andrew Melnykovych is the Communications Director of the Kentucky Public Service Commission.
It was a bright, crisp winter day when Public Utilities Fortnightly went to Kentucky's capital to meet with the Kentucky Public Service Commission. Despite the snow on the ground, we had a warm welcome inside. PUF met with the PSC's three commissioners and its staff.
PUF: What do you do on a typical day?
Andrew Melnykovych: I do a little bit of everything. I've been here for nearly seventeen years. In that time the job has evolved. All that I did when I first came here was media relations, press releases, and media monitoring.
It evolved into doing speech writing for the Commissioners, which I still do to some extent. It varies with each group of Commissioners how much they want to write their own, and how much they want somebody helping them.
We've gotten much more engaged with doing public outreach. I've always had a role in content on the website, but the public outreach piece has gotten big.
We've started doing public meetings for most of the major rate proceedings. We go out into the service territory and do a public meeting where we present information about the PSC process, something about the specific case, and then invite the public to comment back to us about the case.