Commissioners Doug Everett (left) and Tim Echols talk during a 2013 Public Service Commission hearing. KENT D. JOHNSON / KDJOHNSON@AJC.COM

PSC commissioner Doug Everett to resign

Two weeks after Georgians went to the polls, Public Service Commissioner Doug Everett announced Monday that he will resign from the board.

In a letter to Gov. Nathan Deal, the commissioner said he would step down, effective December 31.

Everett has served at the commission since 2003, representing District 1, which is comprised of several counties in southwest Georgia.

“It has been a privilege and honor to serve the people of Georgia,” said Everett.

Everett’s term is set to expire in 2020.

PSC commissioners are elected statewide and serve staggered six-year terms.

They regulate investor-owned electric and natural gas utilities in the state, approve the state’s energy plans and ensure the safety of the pipeline system.

Meanwhile, Governor-elect Brian Kemp has appointed recently re-elected commissioner Tricia Pridemore to his transition team.

Pridemore will serve as an adviser on State Government Operations.

The commissioner, first appointed to the regulatory body early this year by Gov. Deal, won the District 5 PSC race in the November 5 general election.

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