Biloxi, Miss. Gov. Phil Bryant has appointed Steve Renfroe, of Moss Point, to serve as Southern District Public Service Commissioner.
Renfroe will fill the unexpired term of Leonard Bentz, who resigned Aug. 19.
The Public Service Commission regulates electric, gas, water and sewer utilities; regulates telecommunications; and hears and investigates complaints regarding public utilities. The commission consists of one member elected from each of Mississippi’s three Supreme Court districts.
"Proper regulation of energy infrastructure and resources is critical for both businesses and families, and I'm very pleased Steve agreed to come out of retirement to serve in this important capacity," said Bryant in a news release. "He has integrity, the right experience, and a heart for South Mississippi. I have every confidence Steve will do an excellent job."
Renfroe is a graduate of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Mississippi College. He began his career as a math instructor in the Moss Point School District and later worked for Chevron as an environmental specialist and a public and government affairs manager. He retired in 2011 after 35 years with the company.