Bentz resigns from Miss. Public Service Commission - - Jackson, MS

Bentz resigns from Miss. Public Service Commission

Leonard Bentz (Source: PSC website) Leonard Bentz (Source: PSC website)

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Republican Leonard Bentz has stepped down from the Mississippi Public Service Commission, as expected.

Bethann Dufour, spokeswoman for the PSC's southern district, said Tuesday that Bentz's resignation took effect at 7:59 a.m. Monday.

Gov. Phil Bryant will appoint a new commissioner to represent the southern one-third of the state. But, Bryant spokesman Mick Bullock says he won't speculate on the governor's timetable for doing so.

Bentz, a former state House member from Woolmarket, had served since 2006 on the three-member commission that regulates state utilities. The 41-year-old has been hired as executive director of the South Mississippi Planning and Development District.

On the PSC, Bentz was paid $78,000 a year. His salary for the 15-county planning district will be $150,000.

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