Shari Feist Albrecht elected to chair Kansas Corporation Commission

In this Oct. 25, 2015, file photo, Kansas Corporation Commission Chairwoman Shari Feist Albrecht, right, discusses extending oil and natural gas industry restrictions meant to curb earthquakes in south-central Kansas. (2015 file photo/The Associated Press)

Commissioner Shari Feist Albrecht on Thursday was elected to serve as chairwoman of the Kansas Corporation Commission.

Albrecht was first appointed to the KCC by Gov. Sam Brownback on June 25, 2012. She was reappointed to a second four-year term, which expires March 15, 2020.

Commissioners are appointed by the governor and serve staggered four-year terms. State law provides that no more than two of the three commissioners may belong to the same political party. The commission acts as an independent regulatory agency with authority to render judgments and decisions on regulated utilities.

The KCC regulates the state’s electric, natural gas, telecommunications, oil and gas and transportation industries.

Albrecht served at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment from 1993 to 2012. At the KCC, she has held the positions of director and deputy director of the conservation division, chairing numerous committees, including the Oil and Gas Advisory Committee. She also served as acting general counsel, assistant general counsel and staff attorney for the Transportation Division.