Meet Our Chairman and Commissioners

Chairman Albert

Commissioner Albert

Michael A. Albert was appointed to the Commission in February 2007 to fill an unexpired term ending June 30, 2007. On July 1, 2007, he was appointed Chairman. He has since been reappointed twice, with his current six-year term expiring on June 30, 2019. He previously served as a Manager and Member in the Business Law Department of Jackson Kelly, PLLC, in Charleston, West Virginia, focusing on public utilities and business and commercial transactions.

Chairman Albert currently serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Kanawha County Public Library. He has served on the Board and as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Education Alliance, Junior Achievement of Kanawha County, the National Institute for Chemical Studies and the WVU Law School Visiting Committee.

Chairman Albert graduated from West Virginia University with a B.S. in Business Administration, majoring in Accounting. Upon graduating, he served as an officer in the United States Navy, including a tour of duty in Vietnam. Following an Honorable Discharge, he attended West Virginia University College of Law where he was Editor in Chief of the West Virginia Law Review and received his Doctorate of Jurisprudence, with honors. He currently resides in Charleston with his wife, Laura Lee. They have three children, Michael, Jason and Melissa, six grandsons and a granddaughter.


Commissioner McKinney

Commissioner McKinney

Jon W. McKinney was appointed to the Commission in August 2005. Previously, he had numerous assignments in manufacturing, research and development, and marketing with the Monsanto Company in various locations throughout the United States.

Commissioner McKinney is currently Chairman of the Clean Coal Subcommittee and on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and the National Coal Council. He also serves on the Advisory Committee for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), and as a member of the Eastern Interconnect Shareholder Steering Committee. He is Past-President of the Organization of PJM States and Past-President of the Mid-Atlantic Conference of Regulatory Utilities Commissioners (MACRUC). He has served on the Board of Directors of Thomas Memorial Hospital, St. Francis Hospital, United Way, Chamber of Commerce, West Virginia Manufacturing Association, West Virginia Roundtable and Chemical Manufacturing Association.

Commissioner McKinney is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering, and the University of West Florida where he earned his Master's Degree in Business Administration. He currently resides in Charleston with his wife Paula. They have two children, Lisa and Jason, and five grandchildren.

Commissioner Palmer

Commissioner Palmer

Ryan B. Palmer was appointed to the Commission in July 2010 to an unexpired term ending June 30, 2015. He previously served as Deputy General Counsel to West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin, III; as Attorney/Advisor to Commissioner Charlotte R. Lane of the United States International Trade Commission; and Law Clerk to the Honorable W. Craig Broadwater of the United States District Court, Northern District of West Virginia.

Commissioner Palmer is currently a member of the Committee on Telecommunications and the Committee on International Relations for NARUC. He also serves on the East End Main Street Board of Advisors and has volunteered for Charleston Area Medical Center’s Challenged Sports Program, which sponsors a variety of statewide sporting competitions for athletes of all ages with physical disabilities.

Commissioner Palmer is a graduate of West Virginia University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the West Virginia University College of Law. His professional certifications include the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States District Courts for Northern and Southern West Virginia and the West Virginia State Bar. He also successfully completed the European Union Law summer program through the Tulane University College of Law Summer School Abroad Program at the Tulane Center for European Union Law, University of Amsterdam, in the Netherlands. Born in Morgantown and raised in St. Albans, he and his wife Flavia currently reside in Charleston and have one daughter, Lia Cristina.


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