PURA: PURA Vice Chairman Betkoski Named to Leadership Positions With Two Utility Regulatory Organizations

December 28, 2012
PURA Vice Chairman Betkoski Named to Leadership Positions With Two Utility Regulatory Organizations
Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) Vice Chairman John Betkoski III, has been named to leadership positions with two organizations focused on utility regulatory issues.
Betkoski was named President of the New England Conference of Public Utilities Commissioners (NECPUC) and to the Executive Committee of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC).
NECPUC, established in 1947, provides regional regulatory assistance on matters of common concern to the six New England States.  It addresses issues regarding electric, gas, telecommunications and public drinking water public service companies.

NARUC, which was founded in 1889, represents utility regulatory authorities in all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.  NARUC represents the interests of state public utility commissioners before the three branches of the federal government.
The NARUC Executive Committee provides general organizational and budgetary oversight of the Association. It consists of the Association’s chief officers—President, First Vice President, Second Vice President, Treasurer, and Past President—and additional members to ensure that each NARUC region is represented.
Betkoski was appointed by NARUC President David Wright of South Carolina to represent the New England states.  He has been active on several NARUC committees since 2000.
NARUC President Wright said, “I am honored to appoint Jack Betkoski  to the Executive Committee, where we will all benefit from his service.  He is a constant champion for consumers and improved utility regulation and  I am thankful for his continued service.”
Background on Vice Chairman Betkoski

Betkoski has served on Connecticut’s utility regulatory authority since 1997 when he was named a Commissioner of the Department of Public Utility Control.  He was elected Vice Chairman of that body in 2007.  When PURA was established on July 1, 2011 as the state’s new regulatory authority, Betkoski was appointed a Director by Governor Dannel P. Malloy and elected as Vice Chairman of the new authority.

In addition to his NECPUC and NARUC responsibilities, Betkoski is currently Chairman of the Connecticut Water Planning Council.   He was also a member of the EPA National Drinking Water Advisory Council, serving on its Water Security Working Group. Betkoski is a member of the American Water Works Association Research Foundation’s Public Council on Drinking Water Research.

Betkoski is past Chairman of the Board of Directors for Griffin Hospital in Derby, and serves as Chairman of the Board of Director for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter.  He is on the board of Waterbury Youth Services, and VARCA, Inc. of Derby, a private non-profit agency which provides work opportunities to individuals with special needs.  He also is a member of the Advisory Board of The Salvation Army of Waterbury. 

Betkoski served as a member of the Connecticut General Assembly, representing the 105th District (Ansonia, Beacon Falls, and Seymour) as a state representative from 1987-1997. He was co-chairman of the legislature’s Commerce Committee from 1993 to 1997. His experience in the legislature and in working with issues affecting the underprivileged, through various human service agencies, gives him a unique perspective on the needs of all segments of Connecticut's population.

Betkoski was the Waterbury Salvation Army’s Director of Human Services from 1989-1997, and held various administrative positions in human services agencies from 1974-1989. He served on Beacon Falls’ Board of Selectmen from 1981-1987 and Board of Finance from 1979-1981. He presently serves as Commissioner on the Beacon Falls Economic Development Commission.

Vice Chairman Betkoski was born in Waterbury and is a lifelong resident of Beacon Falls, Connecticut. He received his B.A. from Sacred Heart University, and his M.S. and Sixth Year Diploma in Advanced Studies in Administration and Supervision from Southern Connecticut State University.