NC Governor Names Three Appointments to Utilities Commission

On May 1st, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper named his three choices for appointments to the state’s Utilities Commission.

The appointees are ToNola D. Brown-Bland, Former Charlotte Mayor Daniel G. Clodfelter and attorney Charlotte A. Mitchell.

The Charlotte City Council picked Clodfetter to replace former Mayor Patrick Cannon, who went to prison in the wake of being arrested for accepting over $48,000 in bribes from undercover FBI agents. Cannon was convicted and served 44 months in prison.

Clodfelter also ran in the 2015 Democratic mayoral primary but lost in a runoff to the now embattled Jennifer Roberts.

Brown-Bland currently serves on the Commission and would be a reappointment.

The press release from the Governor’s office gave details on each appointment to the Utilities Commission:

ToNola D. Brown-Bland was nominated for reappointment to her current position. She has served on the Utilities Commission since 2009 and serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Regulatory Research Institute. She previously served as President of the Southeastern Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and is a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. Commissioner Brown-Bland previously worked as an attorney for the North Carolina Utilities Commission and as Associate General Counsel for the Greensboro City Attorney’s office. She received her B.A. from UNC-Chapel Hill and her J.D. from the Duke University School of Law.

Daniel G. Clodfelter was nominated to replace Commissioner Don Bailey. He served as Mayor of Charlotte from 2014-2015, in the NC Senate from 1999-2014, and on the Charlotte City Council from 1987-1993. Mayor Clodfelter has practiced law since 1978, currently as counsel for Parker Poe in Charlotte. A native of Thomasville, NC, he received degrees from Davidson College (B.A.,1972), Oxford University (A.B., 1974), and Yale Law School J.D., 1977).

Charlotte A. Mitchell was nominated to replace Commissioner Bryan Beatty. She is an attorney in Raleigh, NC, representing public utilities and their customers before the NC Utilities Commission. She is a member of the NC Bar Association and former member of both the NC Mining and Energy Commission and NC Sedimentation and Control Commission. Mitchell was a Morehead Scholar as an undergraduate at UNC-Chapel Hill, where she also attended law school. She received a Master of Environmental Economics and Policy degree from Duke University.

The appointments now await confirmation by the General Assembly.

About A.P. Dillon

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