Dalrymple Appoints Fetch to Public Service Commission
BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Jack Dalrymple today appointed Bonny Fetch to the North Dakota Public Service Commission (PSC). Fetch, an administrative law judge, will fill the unexpired term of former Commissioner Tony Clark who has resigned to accept an appointment on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Fetch will take a leave of absence from the North Dakota Office of Administrative Hearings where she has served as an administrative law judge since the office’s establishment in 1991. Fetch’s term on the Public Service Commission expires Dec. 31.
Fetch’s duties at the Office of Administrative Hearings include presiding over hearings for the PSC. The PSC has relied on Fetch to conduct formal hearings related to the oversight of mining, railroad transportation, electrical cooperatives and pipelines.
“The Public Service Commission’s work to protect the interests of North Dakotans is extremely important and Bonny has the right experience and qualifications to step in immediately and continue the Commission’s work,” Gov. Jack Dalrymple said. “Bonny’s experience will be a tremendous asset to the commission’s mission of providing sound regulatory oversight of the state’s utilities, telecommunications and other industries.”
Fetch, of Bismarck, also serves as the supervisory administrative law judge for the North Dakota Department of Human Services. Her previous experience includes serving as a personnel specialist and hearing officer for the state’s Central Personnel Division for 11 years.
In 1976, Fetch became the first commissioned woman officer in the North Dakota National Guard.
A graduate of the University of Texas, Fetch has been a certified administrative law judge through the National Association of Hearing Officials since 2003. She served as president of the National Association of Hearing Officials from 2008 to 2011.