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Spokane native Phil Jones will not seek third term on state utilities commission

January 5, 2017 GMT

Spokane native Phil Jones will not seek a third term on Washington’s Utilities and Transportation Commission, which oversees the state’s regulated utilities, including Avista Corp.

Jones was appointed to the commission by Gov. Chris Gregoire in 2005 and served two six-year terms. He was formerly a consultant in Seattle.

“This has been a great run for me,” Jones said. “The UTC is a small but influential state agency with an exceptional staff. I have tried to do my best to protect consumers, while allowing the utilities the chance to earn a fair return on capital. …I hope my contributions have made our infrastructure safe, reliable, secure, and of course - affordable.”

Jones grew up in Spokane and graduated from Shadle Park High School. His late father, Clair Jones, owned Harvey’s clothing store, which operated in Spokane for 44 years.

Jones’ term officially ended on Jan. 1, however, Gov. Jay Inslee has extended his service until Feb. 28.

Inslee will announce Jones’ successor.