PSC: Staff announcement

Contact: Matthew Pagel, (608) 266-9600

MADISON – Public Service Commission Chairperson Phil Montgomery today announced the appointments of four administrators at the PSC.

Robert Norcross was reappointed as the administrator of the Division of Gas and Energy Division. Norcross has served in this position for the last eleven years under five different Chairpersons and has worked at the PSC for thirty-two years.

Sarah Klein was reappointed as the administrator of Administrative Services at the PSC. Klein has served in this position since 2007.

Brian Rybarik will serve as the administrator of the Telecommunications Division. Brian is an attorney and currently serves as the Executive Assistant to Commissioner Lauren Azar. Prior to serving as Executive Assistant, Rybarik was Legal Counsel for the Wisconsin State Telecommunications Association and an Associate in the Madison office of Michael Best and Friedrich. Rybarik will begin his appointment as Division Administrator for Telecommunications on June 1st. Current administrator Gary Evenson will continue in the telecommunications division as assistant administrator.

John Schulze will serve as the administrator of the Division of Water, Compliance and Consumer Affairs. Schulze replaces Amelia Ramirez as administrator. He is an attorney that has practiced in the areas of state and federal utility regulation, and recently just finished helping edit the State Bar’s 2011 edition of the Selected Wisconsin Public Utility Statutes. He has also presented at the Wisconsin Public Utilities Institute Energy Utility Basics course and the North American Transmission Forum. Schulze will begin his appointment on May 9th.

Matthew Pagel will serve as the Public Information Officer. Pagel on an interim basis replaces Lee Sensenbrenner as the public information officer. He recently served as a Communications and Policy Liaison to the Commissioner’s office as well as working as the Legislative Liaison for the agency.

Chairperson Montgomery said, “All appointed employees have excellent backgrounds and experience, and a strong sense of public purpose. I am confident that they will be great additions to the PSC staff. I also would like to thank Lee Sensenbrenner and Amelia Ramirez for their dedicated public service at the PSC.”