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Asuncion appointed chairman of PUC

Gov. David Ige has appointed Leodoloff “Leo” R. Asuncion Jr., as the new chairman of the state Public Utilities Commission.

“I am honored that Gov. Ige selected me as chairperson of the PUC,” said Asuncion, who has served on the PUC since April 2019. “I look forward to working with my fellow commissioners, our regulated utilities, public and governmental stakeholders, and our dedicated PUC staff to continue the important work of the commission.”

Prior to joining the PUC, Asuncion served as a planning program administrator at the Office of Planning, Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism. He also served as director of the office from 2013 to 2018. In addition, Asuncion was planning program manager of the Hawaii Coastal Zone Management program from 2011 to 2013.

Asuncion has more than 30 years of experience in planning, policy analysis and management throughout Hawaii and the Pacific Region.

Asuncion’s current term on the PUC began on July 1, 2020 and ends on June 30, 2026.

Former PUC Chairman James “Jay” Griffin announced in January that he would be stepping down at the end of his term, which expired Thursday.

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