Stan Wise, chair of Georgia’s Public Service Commission (PSC), announced Wednesday he will not seek re-election in 2018. PSC oversees regulations of telecommunications, electric, and natural gas utilities.
Wise, 65, represents one of five statewide districts made up of Cobb, Douglas, Paulding, and 20 other counties in central and western Georgia. He has served in this position for 23 years.
The position of Public Service Commission is a full-time elected position drawing a salary of over $118,000 annually. Wise, a Republican, was elected four times since first being elected to office in 1995. Wise plans on serving out the remainder of his term which expires Dec. 31, 2018.
Wise has been supportive of the construction of the new reactors at Plant Vogtle in eastern Georgia south of Augusta. The plant has been troubled with billions in cost overruns and multiple project delays.