State Commission Chairs
Gladys Brown Dutrieulle is the chair of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.
PUF's Liz Stipnieks: What is it like to be Chair of the Commission and what does your day-to-day look like?
Chair Brown Dutrieuille: Being Chair, as with any organization, is not only an honor but also brings its own challenges because you're responsible for the everyday activities of the Commission in terms of the administrative part of it. We have an executive director and I'm grateful for having that type of position with such a large agency.
For the day-to-day administrative-type responsibilities, whether it's coming from the Governor's office or the legislature, they're always going to come to the Chair just to bounce off ideas, get authority and permission to do certain things, and also for personnel issues. That reflects some of the responsibilities of being Chair, and that's part of the typical day.
When I come in in the morning, I might have a schedule in place or maybe I think I have a free day because I don't have a meeting. But there's always something that is brought to my attention, not only on the administrative side, as it deals with the Chairman, but then also with my responsibilities as a Commissioner, preparing for those items that will be before us at a public meeting to vote on. They're always busy days.
PUF: Do you set the agenda?