published Monday, October 15th, 2012

New director appointed to Tennessee Regulatory Authority

NASHVILLE -- Gov. Bill Haslam on Monday announced the appointment of David Jones as the final new director on the reconfigured Tennessee Regulatory Authority.

Jones, a former vice president at El Paso Corp., an energy company, is president of davidjonesgroup, a management consulting and executive coaching services company.

He's also president of Complete Holdings Group, which advises health care providers and payers on workers' compensation revenue issues.

Haslam, a Republican, as well as Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, the Republican Senate speaker, and House Speaker Beth Harwell, R-Nashville, jointly appointed Jones.

The TRA sets utility rates and service standards for privately owned telephone, natural gas, electric and water utilities, including Tennessee American Water and Chattanooga Gas. The agency also fields consumer complaints and oversees gas pipeline safety.

Haslam, who pushed a TRA overhaul bill through the Legislature this year, said in a news release that it "is our job to make state government as accountable and responsive to Tennesseans as possible."

Haslam's legislation changed the TRA from a four-member full-time agency into a five-member, part-time board.

Jones, who lives in Franklin, Tenn., joins fellow TRA directors James Allison, Kenneth Hill, Herbert Hilliard and Sara Kyle.

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