Middlesex Water Co. named Jay L. Kooper to the position of vice president, general counsel and secretary, effective March 17, 2014.
Kooper brings 15 years of experience representing electric, gas, water, wastewater, telephone and cable companies as well as municipalities and private clients before 15 state public utility commissions and legislatures, federal agencies and federal and state appellate courts. He most recently served as director of regulatory affairs for Hess Corp. Kooper also served as president of the Retail Energy Supply Assn., a national trade association of competitive retail energy suppliers. Prior employment includes service as an associate in the Public Utilities Law Practice Group with Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A. and as Energy Policy Attorney with the New York City Economic Development Corp.
"We are delighted to welcome Jay to our team," said Dennis W. Doll, Middlesex Water chairman, president and CEO. "His diverse background is a tremendous complement to the broad-based backgrounds and skills of our executive team. We look forward to Jay playing a valuable role in our Company's continued growth and success."
Kooper's affiliations include the New Jersey State Bar Assn.'s Public Utility Law Section, the Energy Bar Assn., and the New York City Energy Policy Task Force. He received his Juris Doctor from George Washington University Law School and is a graduate of Emory University with a B.A. in political science and history.
Kooper succeeds Kenneth J. Quinn who held the position for 12 years before retiring on March 1, 2014.
Source: Middlesex Water Co.