LINCOLN — Frank Landis will retire Wednesday from the Nebraska Public Service Commission after 30 years on the regulatory board.
He was the longest-serving public utility commissioner in the country, according to the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.
“We will miss his vast knowledge, his leadership, his wit and his friendship,” said Mary Ridder of Callaway, the current chairwoman of the five-member commission.
Landis, a 76-year-old Republican from Lincoln, was first elected in 1988 to represent southeast Nebraska’s District 1. He was re-elected four times to six-year terms on the board, which regulates wireless telephone service, 911 emergency systems, grain elevators and pipeline routes, among other duties.
Landis, whose brother is former State Sen. David Landis, declined to seek re-election last year. His replacement, former State Sen. Dan Watermeier of Syracuse, will be sworn in on Thursday.