JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A Missouri utility regulator said Friday that he will resign next month from the state's Public Service Commission.
Jeff Davis said he will step down effective Jan. 16, which is several months before his term was scheduled to expire in April. Davis was named to the Public Service Commission in 2004 and reappointed to a full six-year term in 2006. He served as chairman from 2005 to 2009.
He said he plans to pursue an opportunity for a private sector company that is not subject to the jurisdiction of the Public Service Commission.
"It's time for me to go and do something new," Davis said.
The five-member Public Service Commission is responsible for regulating investor-owned electric, steam, natural gas, water, sewer and telephone companies in Missouri. Commissioners are appointed by the governor and must be confirmed by the state Senate. Davis said that by stepping down in January, Nixon will have a full legislative session to choose his replacement.
Davis said he has enjoyed helping people while serving on the commission and that he has helped to ensure regulators treat utilities and customers fairly. He said the commission has helped Missouri residents navigate high natural gas prices after hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico.
"I have been truly blessed to have had the opportunity to serve the people of this state for almost 15 years," he said.
Davis has held several positions within state government. Before joining the Public Service Commission, he was the chief of staff for Republican then-Senate President Pro Tem Peter Kinder and previously was the chief of staff for the Senate minority leader. He also worked as law clerk for a state appeals court judge and as an intern in the attorney general's office under Nixon.