members of the commission

The Michigan Public Service Commission is composed of three members appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. Commissioners are appointed to serve staggered six-year terms. No more than two Commissioners may represent the same political party. One commissioner is designated as chairman by the Governor.


MPSC Commissioner Talberg

Sally A. Talberg, Chairman

Sally A. Talberg was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder to the Michigan Public Service Commission on July 3, 2013, and was appointed chairman on January 4, 2016. Her term ends July 2, 2019.

Prior to her appointment, Chairman Talberg worked in the public and private sectors with a focus on energy policy and utility regulation. Most recently, she served as a senior consultant at Public Sector Consultants focusing on energy policy issues. During her tenure at Public Sector Consultants, she also helped establish Michigan Saves, a financing organization to support energy waste reduction. Chairman Talberg previously served as an analyst at the Michigan Public Service Commission, managed enforcement and contested cases at the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, and advised commissioners at the Public Utility Commission of Texas. 

Chairman Talberg is president of the Organization of MISO States. Through her involvement with the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners Telecommunications Committee, she also serves on the Interstate Telephone Relay Service (TRS) Advisory Council, Federal-State Joint Board on Jurisdictional Separations, and the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service. 

Ms. Talberg holds a bachelor's of science degree in Environmental and Natural Resources Policy Studies from Michigan State University and a master's degree in Public Affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas-Austin.

MPSC Chairman Quackenbush

John D. Quackenbush, Commissioner

John D. Quackenbush was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder to serve as chairman of the Michigan Public Service Commission on Sept. 15, 2011. He announced his intention to return to the private sector on Jan. 4, 2016. To facilitate a smooth transition, he will continue as a commissioner until March 31, 2016.

Prior to his appointment, Commissioner Quackenbush worked for UBS Global Asset Management for 10 years, most recently as managing director and senior investment analyst responsible for equity research for the transportation, utilities and coal industries in the U.S. and Canada. He previously worked as manager of the Sprint Corporation Treasury Department and Sprint Corporation Local Telecom Division. Before that, he served in several senior financial analyst roles with the Illinois Commerce Commission.

Commissioner Quackenbush was named a Top Gun U.S. Industrials Investment Mind in 2011 by Brendan Wood International. He earned certification as a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) in 1993 and is a member of the CFA Institute and CFA Society of Chicago. He previously served as a board member of the Society of Utility and Regulatory Financial Analysts. He earned a bachelor's degree in business economics from Calvin College and a master of business administration degree with a concentration in finance from Michigan State University.

Commissioner Quackenbush is a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and serves on several committees including the Committee on Gas, the Committee on Consumer Affairs, and the Subcommittee on Pipeline Safety. He is also a member of the Advisory Council for the Gas Technology Institute, and was appointed to the Technical Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Standards Committee of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

MPSC Commissioner Talberg

Norman J. Saari, Commissioner

Norman J. Saari was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder to the Michigan Public Service Commission for a term beginning on August 2, 2015. His term ends July 2, 2021.

Commissioner Saari served as an executive director of governmental affairs for 20 years at the Consumers Energy Company, a position from which he retired in 2006. Commissioner Saari was most recently Chief of Staff for the Michigan House of Representatives under Speaker Kevin Cotter as well as under former Speaker Jase Bolger. He also served as Governor Snyder's manager of appointments and Chief of Staff for former State Senator Jason Allen.

Commissioner Saari is a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and serves on its Committee on Electricity, Subcommittee on Nuclear Issues-Waste Disposal, Committee on Critical Infrastructure, and the Washington Action Program. Additionally, Commissioner Saari sits on the Board of Directors of the Organization of PJM States, Inc.

Commissioner Saari earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Michigan State University, and served as a public information officer in the Michigan National Guard.