Corporation Commission Chairman Patrice Douglas began her first elected term this week after being sworn in on Sunday.
Douglas, who was appointed by Gov. Mary Fallin in 2011 to fill a term vacated by former Commissioner Jeff Cloud, said her typical daily duties show the varied areas of regulation by the Corporation Commission.
“In our daily public meetings on Monday and Tuesday, the commissioners voted on 134 orders ranging from matters involving millions of dollars in oil and natural gas activity, to the fuel costs paid by utility customers, to protecting the environment and the public from an ancient abandoned oil well, to helping a service station stay in business while still meeting environmental requirements,” she said.
Fellow Commissioners Bob Anthony and Dana Murphy elected Douglas as the commission's chairman in August.
“Given the broad scope of this agency's responsibilities, it's vital we continue the work to improve our service to those we regulate, consumers and to the taxpayer,” Douglas said. “I am excited to spearhead a strategic planning process that will bring some of the best ideas of the private sector into the public sector.”
Douglas, a Republican, did not draw an opponent in the 2012 elections. Her new term ends in January 2015.