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 Chairman Quackenbush

John D. Quackenbush, Chairman

John D. Quackenbush was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder to serve as Chairman of the Michigan Public Service Commission on Sept. 15, 2011. His term ends July 2, 2017.

Prior to his appointment, Chairman 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.

Chairman 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.

Chairman 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. Chairman Quackenbush 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

Sally A. Talberg, Commissioner

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

Prior to her appointment, Commissioner 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 where she conducted research and analyses and wrote reports on energy policy issues. During her tenure at Public Sector Consultants, she also helped establish the state's premier energy efficiency financing organization, Michigan Saves. Commissioner 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. Her expertise includes energy issues at the state, regional, and federal level involving electric rates, retail and wholesale market design, transmission planning and siting, and energy efficiency.

Commissioner Talberg is a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and serves on the Telecommunications Committee and the Interstate Telephone Relay Service (TRS) Advisory Council. She also serves on the board and executive committee of the Organization of MISO States, and represents the state regulatory sector on the Midcontinent ISO's Advisory Committee. She was also appointed in 2014 by the Federal Communications Commission to serve on the Federal-State Joint Board on Jurisdictional Separations, and in 2015 to serve on 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 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.