By Associated Press - Saturday, July 21, 2018

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Corporation Commission has appointed the head of the regulatory agency’s Securities Division to temporarily oversee day-to-day operations of the commission’s staff pending appointment of a new permanent executive director.

The commission on Thursday unanimously approved the appointment of Matt Neubert as interim executive director, replacing Ted Vogt.

Vogt earlier this month heeded commissioners’ calls for his resignation after disclosing that his wife works for a lobbying firm hired by a campaign group financially supported by a regulated utility to fight a renewable-energy ballot initiative.

The five-member commission’s duties including regulating utilities, business incorporation and railroad and pipeline safety.

Neubert served 15 years as director of Securities Division. He previously served as the division’s director of registration and compliance.

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