Katherine Collier is Executive Secretary at the Mississippi Public Service Commission.
The PUF team received a warm welcome in the Magnolia State as we had made our way to Jackson. The Mississippi Public Service Commission is housed near the state Capitol in the beautiful art deco E.T. Woolfolk state office building. PSC Staff is separate by law from the Public Utilities Staff, as evidenced by the physical division in the Woolfolk building with each on their own floor. Listen in and learn about this wonderful PSC.
PUF: How did you end up in your position?
Katherine Collier: My first job was at the Department of Human Services doing child support enforcement law. That was a tough area, but I enjoyed it and ended up being their director of legal operations, within about two years. Then there was an opening for a senior attorney position at the Commission.
It was a brand-new spot, as prior to that they'd only had one lawyer. I was fortunate enough to get that job. That was in October of 2009 and I have been at the Commission since.
I was there as an attorney until about five years ago when our longtime executive secretary Brian Ray retired. Through talking with the Commissioners and some of our Staff at that time, it was decided that I would be a good candidate and here we are.
PUF: Explain the divisions at the Public Service Commission.