Arizona governor names new utility consumer advocate

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has promoted the deputy director of the office that represents consumers before state utility regulators to lead the department.

Jorge Fuentes was named Director of the Residential Utility Consumer Office on Tuesday. The office is charged with protecting consumers' interests before the Arizona Corporation Commission when it considers rate increases. The commission sets rates and approves policies for regulated utilities such as electric companies.

Fuentes replaces David Tenney, who Ducey named as state Forester.

Fuentes is from the town of Snowflake, holds a law degree from Arizona State University and worked as deputy director of the office known as RUCO since 2016. He previously worked as technology director for school districts in Laveen and Snowflake and served as a member of the Taylor town council.