Shari Feist Albrecht was confirmed as the newest member of the Kansas Corporation Commission on Aug. 29 and will serve on the three-person commission until March 15, 2016.
"As a lifelong Kansan and dedicated public servant, I am honored my experience and expertise has been recognized and is valued. I am committed to channeling my knowledge and qualifications into this new challenge. I look forward to listening to the parties appearing before the Commission, learning their perspectives, and making informed decisions that balance the public interest," stated Shari Feist Albrecht, Commissioner, Kansas Corporation Commission.
The KCC regulates five industries in the Kansas economy and has the responsibility of ensuring that natural gas, electricity, telephone, and transportation vendors provide safe, adequate, and reliable services at reasonable rates.
The mission of the agency is to protect the public interest through impartial and efficient resolution of all jurisdictional issues. The agency regulates rates, service, and safety of public utilities, common carriers, motor carriers; regulates oil and gas production by protecting correlative rights, environmental resources, and energy storage; and promotes energy-related programs.
Prior to the KCC, Albrecht served as Associate Chief Counsel at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment where she worked since 1993. Albrecht is a licensed attorney who earned her B.A. at the University of Kansas and her J.D. at Washburn University School of Law. She was previously a supervisor of the Environmental Practice Group of the KDHE, and has served as a Director for the Oil and Gas Conservation Division with the Kansas Corporation Commission.
"Oil and Gas is one of the cornerstone industries in the Kansas economy and Shari Feist Albrecht brings a wealth of experience in this sector, as well as environmental related issues. Her expertise is very timely as Kansas prepares for increased activity and new federal environmental regulations resulting from the Mississippian Lime Play. Ms. Albrecht is a great addition to the Commission and I look forward to working with her in this capacity," stated Mark Sievers, Chairman, Kansas Corporation Commission.
Albrecht and her husband, Martin, have two college-aged daughters, and reside in Topeka, Kansas.
Albrecht joins Commissioners Sievers and Wright on the three-member Commission. Members are appointed by the Governor and serve staggered four-year terms. State law provides that no more than two of the three commissioners may belong to the same political party. The Commission acts as an independent regulatory agency with authority to render judgments and decisions on regulated utilities. Nominations are subject to approval by the Kansas Senate.