Gov. Bryant Names Steve Renfroe to Public Service Commission

BILOXI—Gov. Phil Bryant today announced his decision to appoint Steve Renfroe, a lifelong resident of Moss Point, to serve as Southern District Public Service Commissioner. Renfroe will fill the unexpired term of Leonard Bentz, who resigned Aug. 19, 2013.

The Public Service Commission regulates electric, gas, water and sewer utilities; regulates telecommunications; and hears and investigates complaints regarding public utilities. The commission consists of one member elected from each of Mississippi’s three Supreme Court districts.

“Proper regulation of energy infrastructure and resources is critical for both businesses and families, and I’m very pleased Steve agreed to come out of retirement to serve in this important capacity,” Gov. Bryant said. “He has integrity, the right experience, and a heart for South Mississippi. I have every confidence Steve will do an excellent job.”

Renfroe is a graduate of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Mississippi College. He began his career as a math instructor in the Moss Point School District and later worked for Chevron as an environmental specialist and a public and government affairs manager. He retired in 2011 after 35 years with the company.

Renfroe has served as chairman of the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service and chairman of the United Way for Jackson & George Counties. He was instrumental in bringing the National Audubon Society’s new education center to South Mississippi.

He has served as chairman of Excel By 5, an early childhood initiative supported by Chevron that he and his wife Debby, a 30-year public school kindergarten teacher, helped start. Renfroe has also served on the Early Childhood Advisory Council under Governors Barbour and Bryant.

“I’m very honored to be appointed by Gov. Bryant,” Renfroe said. “Integrity is all about keeping promises, and I promise to make decisions based on what’s best for Mississippians. I appreciate the opportunity to help the commission navigate the next couple of years–and then–I look forward to returning to retirement. I will not run for election in 2015.”

Renfroe will be sworn in early next week by Hattiesburg Youth Court Judge Mike McPhail.

Gov. Phil Bryant Release