- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 5, 2014

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Public Service Commission has named Katherine Collier as its executive secretary.

The three-member commission voted unanimously Tuesday to name Collier to replace Brian Ray, who plans to retire on June 30.

Collier, who must be confirmed by the state Senate, is currently a senior attorney with the commission. She’s worked for utility regulatory body since 2009, having earlier worked in child support enforcement for the Department of Human Services.

Ray has worked for the commission for more than 30 years. As executive secretary, he’s the chief administrator for the agency.

Collier, a Scooba native, will retain her current salary of $90,000 a year. Ray makes $85,000.

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