capuc.jpgThe California Public Utilities Commission is looking for a new director for its Consumer Protection and Safety Division.

The division handles safety oversight of gas and electric utilities; railroads; light rail transit systems and highway/rail crossings; motor carriers of passengers and household goods and water vessels.

It also includes a new Risk Assessment Unit, created in response to September’s natural gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno, CPUC spokeswoman Terrie Prosper said.

CPUC Executive Director Paul Clanon called the explosion, which killed eight people, injured many more and destroyed 38 homes, a “game-changer for safety oversight.”

“We’ve doubled the number of gas inspectors, we’re forming a new Risk Assessment Unit to take a hard look at the risks that are out there that might not be covered by the old rules, and we’re already far out in front of federal regulations in requiring testing or replacing of old, grandfathered pipes,” Clanon said. “We aim to be the national model for safety regulation.”

The division’s current director, Richard Clark, is leaving for a new position as an administrative law judge, effective Aug. 1, Prosper said.

The director position will carry a maximum monthly salary of $10,520. Eligible candidates must be current or former California state or legislative employees, or former members of the U.S. military.

Sara Gaiser, Bay City News

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