The start of the new year brought with it the swearing-in of many elected officeholders. For some elected bodies, that process leads to transition.
At the Nebraska Public Service Commission, Commissioner Frank Landis served district 1 with distinction for the past 30 years. He was elected in 1988 and re-elected in 1994, 2000, 2006 and 2012 before choosing not to run again in 2018.
He departs public service leaving behind many accomplishments. Commissioner Landis led the effort for the PSC to conduct proceedings applying ex parte to ensure all parties had a level playing field when appearing before the commission. He initiated a hearing officer planning conference to lay out an organized scheduled of proceedings, resulting in greater efficiency for all parties.
The natural gas rate-making process was implemented with his participation. Because of his efforts, the Nebraska Universal Service Fund mechanism is nationally recognized, providing improved telecom service to Nebraskans. He recognized changes in technology and consumer demands, helping to transition landline to wireless and grow efforts to meet today's broadband needs.
As a commissioner, Landis always asked the question: "How does this benefit the consumer?"
Prior to joining the commission, Landis served 33 years in the Nebraska Air National Guard, retiring at the rank of colonel. I was fortunate to have served with him for 12 years and always appreciated his constructive advice.
Commissioner Landis represented the PSC with integrity, professionalism and dedication. He served Nebraskans well.
Tim Schram, Gretna
Public Service Commissioner, District 1