Composition and Functions
The Public Utilities Staff was established by the Legislature in 1990. It is an agency completely
separate and independent from the Public Service Commission. The Staff's organization consists of
the Executive Director, appointed by the Governor from a list of qualified candidates and confirmed
by the Senate, and five divisions: Legal; Administrative Services; Water and Sewer; Electric, Gas
and Communications; and Economics and Planning. The organizational chart gives the complete staffing structure.
The Staff, by law, represents the broad interests of the State of Mississippi by balancing the respective concerns of the residential, commercial and industrial utility ratepayers and the state and its agencies and departments, as well as the public utilities.
The primary functions of the Staff are investigative and advisory in nature to the Public Service Commission by and through the Executive Director. This includes, but is not limited to:
Divisions of the Staff