Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher Appoints Caroline Pitt Clark to Public Service Commission

Press Release Date:  Friday, August 03, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Also designates Commissioner John Clay as vice chairman

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher today appointed Caroline Pitt Clark, a Louisville attorney, to the Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC).

The Governor also designated Commissioner John Clay as vice chairman of the commission, which oversees more than 1,500 electric, water, gas and telephone utilities in Kentucky.

“Caroline Clark is an exceptional lawyer who practices with great integrity and is highly admired by her peers,” said Governor Fletcher. “I appreciate her willingness to join the PSC. Her expertise will be a great asset to the commission.”

Clark, of Louisville, has been in private practice with the law firm of Landrum & Shouse LLP. She is a member of the American, Kentucky and Louisville bar associations and is admitted to practice before the Kentucky Supreme Court, the 6th U.S. Circuit of Appeals, the Eastern and Western federal court districts in Kentucky and the Southern federal court district of Indiana.

Clark holds a BA in political science from Centre College and a juris doctor degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law. She is married to Justin D. Clark, who also is an attorney. They have two daughters – Charley, 3, and Georgia, 2.

“I am honored that Governor Fletcher has entrusted this important position to me,” Clark said. “I am eager to begin serving the people of the Commonwealth by fulfilling the significant responsibilities it entails.”

Clay, the newly designated vice chairman, has been a member of the commission since October 2006. He is a certified public accountant and a former deputy secretary of the Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet.

“John Clay has been a valued colleague and a source of wise counsel since joining the Commission and I can think of no better choice for vice chairman” said PSC Chairman Mark David Goss. “Both of us welcome Caroline Pitt Clark to the PSC and look forward to working with her.”

The PSC is a three member administrative body with quasi-legislative and quasi-judicial duties and powers regulating over 1,500 utilities. It is funded by an assessment paid by all utilities under the commission's jurisdiction based on a utility's annual gross intrastate revenues. The commission, created by the Acts of the 1934 General Assembly, the current version of which forms Chapter 278 of the Kentucky Revised Statutes, performs its regulatory functions through issuance of written orders, following adjudicative and rulemaking procedures outlined in Chapter 278 and administrative regulations promulgated by the commission in Chapter 807 of the Kentucky Administrative Regulations.