Burl Haar retires after 21 years as head of PUC; Dan Wolf takes over

Dan Wolf has been named the new executive secretary of the the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC), which regulates gas and electric utilities.

He replaces Burl Haar, who is retiring after 21 years in the position. Wolf takes over Jan. 6.

Wolf has been the PUC’s assistant executive secretary for five years; before that, he worked for the Minnesota Senate.

In announcing the appointment, PUC Chair Beverly Jones Heydinger said Wolf “is highly regarded by the Commission’s staff, stakeholders, other agencies and the Legislature for his professionalism, calm demeanor, impeccable integrity and knowledge of public utilities regulation and state government.”

Proir to joining the PUC, Haar had been a Twin Cities police officer and investigator. He then got a Ph.D. in economics. He’s also been assistant commissioner for the Minnesota Department of Public Service.

There’s a PUC goodbye party for Haar on Thursday.

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