Governor Announces Additional Appointments

Governor Herbert selected Todd Kiser as Commissioner of the Utah Insurance Department. “With his professional expertise and legislative experience, Todd will provide the right balance of technical understanding and policy insight, especially as the State navigates the future of healthcare and potential impacts to both the insurance industry and employers,” said the Governor. “He will be a valuable addition as a Cabinet officer.”

“I am honored and humbled to take on this new post,” Kiser said. “While my legislative service has been a wonderful chapter in my life, I look forward to this new challenge at such a critical time for the insurance industry and private sector.” Kiser is currently finishing his final term as a legislator and working as President of Kiser-Lord Insurance Agency. He plans to sell his ownership in the business prior to beginning his service as Commissioner. As a legislator, Kiser has been serving as House Chair of the Business, Economic Development and Labor Appropriations Sub-committee, a member of the Hogle Zoo Board, and the Utah Sports Commission Board. He will be replacing Commissioner Neal Gooch who is retiring mid-January 2013.

Governor Herbert has also appointed Robert Pero to serve on the Utah State Tax Commission. Pero will resign his current post as Carbon County Clerk/Auditor upon his confirmation by the Utah State Senate. He previously served on the Utah Association of Counties’ Revenue and Taxation Steering Committee, and was appointed by then Lt. Governor Herbert in 2006 to represent Utah on the United States Election Assistance Commission Standards Board. He attended Utah State University for a Master degree in computer science and applied statistics, and received his Bachelor’s degree in business and economics at the University of Utah.

The Governor appointed Thad LeVar and David R. Clark to fill the two vacancies at the Utah Public Service Commission. LeVar has been with the Utah Department of Commerce since 2004, and is currently the agency’s Deputy Director. His previous experience includes service as the director of the Division of Consumer Protection, administrative law judge at the Division, and associate general counsel for the Utah Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel. Before law school, LeVar taught in secondary schools in Texas. He is a Cum Laude graduate of the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University. He will fill the remaining term of Ted Boyer, which will expire March of 2015.

Clark has been serving as legal counsel to the Commission since 2010. A former U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General Corps attorney, Clark also previously served as president and co-founder of Enhanced Benefits Insurance Group, following employment with Sempra Energy and Pacific Bell.  He is a J.D., Cum Laude graduate of the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University where he also received his Bachelor’s degree. He will fill the vacated spot by Ric Campbell and start a new six-year term once confirmed by the Senate.

The primary responsibility of the Public Service Commission is to ensure safe, reliable, adequate, and reasonably priced utility service. It conducts hearings and investigations of utility company operations in order to determine just and reasonable rates for service. The Commission strives to protect efficient, reliable, reasonably-priced utility service for customers, and to maintain financially healthy utility companies. These goals are attained through the regulatory decisions the Commission makes and through rules it adopts.