Gary F. Clark was sworn in today as a Commissioner on the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) by Judge Colby Peel, Fourteenth Judicial Circuit of Florida. Governor Rick Scott appointed Clark to the PSC in September to serve the remainder of a four-year term.
“I look forward to serving as Public Service Commissioner,” said Commissioner Clark, who most recently was Deputy Secretary of Land and Recreation for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). “I gained valuable experience at DEP and West Florida Electric, and my appreciation of customers and utility operations will be a good foundation as I prepare to make decisions on the many challenging issues we face.”
At DEP, he oversaw 174 state parks and trails and the Division of State Lands. In this role, he also served as chair of both the Florida Acquisition and Restoration Council and the governing board of the Florida Communities Trust.
Commissioner Clark spent the majority of his professional career at West Florida Electric, where he served as the Vice President of Member Services. During his tenure, Commissioner Clark worked in many areas of the company and led the company’s diversification efforts. He was also a member of the Association of Energy Engineers where he earned the distinction of Certified Energy Manager.
Recognized for his leadership and community service, Commissioner Clark has served in several capacities, including Washington County School Board member, Chipola College Board of Trustees, Washington County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and the Northwest Florida Water Management District Governing Board.
Commissioner Clark is a graduate of Chipola College and the University of Phoenix and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. A lifelong resident of Washington County, he has owned and managed several small business operations in Northwest Florida.
Commissioner Clark joins Chairman Julie Brown and Commissioners Art Graham, Ronald Brisé, and Donald Polmann on the five-member panel.
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