Raleigh, N.C. — Gov. Pat McCrory has nominated two new members for the North Carolina Utilities Commission, which oversees the rates power companies, phone companies and other utilities can charge customers.
Nominees to the commission must be approved by the legislature. According to a news release, McCrory has tapped:
- Rep. Jerry Dockham of Davidson County. Dockham is an 11-term member of the House. He serves as chairman of the House Insurance Committee and is vice chairman of the Banking and Public Utilities and Energy committees.
- James Patterson of Guilford County. Patterson is the founder and chief executive of public relations firm Patterson Partners Inc. He has more than 35 years of public relations, crisis management and strategic planning experience and previously served as president of B&C Associates in High Point. He also served as chairman of the Small Business and Agricultural Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Va.
Dockham and Patterson replace Lucy Allen of Franklin County and Bill Culpepper of Chowan County, both former Democratic lawmakers.
In addition, McCrory has appointed Chris Ayers of Wake County to serve as executive director of the Public Staff, which represents consumers in rate cases. Ayers will replace Robert Gruber, the Public Staff's longtime director.