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For Immediate Release: Aug 23, 2005
Governor names two to Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission

INDIANAPOLIS ? Governor Daniels has appointed David Lott Hardy of Fort Wayne and Greg Server of Evansville to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC). Hardy has been named chairman.

Server, an Indiana State Senator, will serve a four-year term, and Hardy will complete the unexpired term of Judith Ripley, who resigned July 15 to become director of the Indiana Department of Financial Institutions. That term will expire in April 2006. Hardy will be eligible then for reappointment to a four-year term. Hardy will start his position in early September; Server?s start date has not been determined.

?We?ve found two outstanding individuals who will help the IURC discharge its important duties,? said Daniels. ?There are a number of critical issues I expect the commission to work on, among them affordable energy rates and expedited growth of broadband access. Both are essential to the state?s economic growth.?

Current chair William McCarty, whose term expired in April, has continued to serve until his successor was named.

?Bill?s willingness to continue to serve in this role is emblematic of his many years of distinguished public service,? said the governor. Before serving on the commission, McCarty spent 15 years as a state senator.

Hardy is an attorney who has worked in private practice since 1997 with expertise in negotiation, contracts, litigation, finance and administration. He has 35 years of regulatory experience at the state and federal levels, representing ratepayers, industries, and utilities. From 1985 to 1997 he was an attorney with law firms in Louisville, Kentucky, and from 1969 to 1985 was assistant general counsel with Public Service Company of Indiana, in Plainfield.

Server, who will resign his senate seat, has served in that role since 1981, and he was a member of the House of Representatives from 1972 to 1980. While in the senate, Server was the chair of the Commerce Committee, which handled IURC and utility industry legislation. Since 2001, he has been director of administration for the Evansville Water and Sewer Utility. Previously, he was a guidance counselor in the EVSC-Central High School and the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation.

Hardy?s salary will be $92,982, and Server?s salary will be $87,223.

Following two application periods and two rounds of interviews, the IURC Nominating Committee, headed by Mike Sample, recommended six candidates for the governor?s consideration based on education and academic honors received, professional experience and reputation, financial interests in the utility industry, and public service.