Governor appoints WYDOT director and two Public Service Commission positions

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (RELEASE) - Governor Mark Gordon has appointed Major General Luke Reiner as the director of the Wyoming Department of Transportation; and appointed Mike Robinson to fill the Republican vacancy and Mary Throne for the Democratic vacancy on the Wyoming Public Service Commission.

"Luke Reiner brings to the job a wide breadth of leadership and organizational experience stemming from over 36 years of military service, as well as his years working in the private sector," Gordon said. “I’m confident that his strong management skills will be an asset to the state.”

"I thank Governor Gordon and the Transportation Commissioners for their faith in me and for the opportunity to continue to serve,” Reiner said. “And I certainly look forward to working with the men and women who man the Department of Transportation as they perform their critical missions across our state.”

Reiner was one of three people nominated for the position by the Wyoming Transportation Commission. Reiner replaces Bill Panos, who was the prior director. Governor Gordon thanked Panos for his service to the state, which has included leading WYDOT and the Wyoming School Facilities Department. "Bill Panos has provided quality service, working hard to improve Wyoming's highways and air service."

Reiner currently serves as the Wyoming Adjutant General, heading up the Wyoming Military Department. He will retire from the Army on March 31. As Adjutant General, he oversaw the planning and training of all National Guard military support; and created, developed and coordinated all policies and programs that affected more than 3,000 members of the Wyoming Military Department. For the five years immediately prior to joining the Wyoming Guard, Reiner served as a CPA for Shamley, Obermueller and Killmer, and McGladrey and Pullen, accounting firms in Casper.

Mike Robinson will fill the Republican vacancy on the Wyoming Public Service Commission.

"Mike is a thorough and talented attorney who is well suited to deal with the complexity of PSC cases," Gordon said.

“I am honored and grateful for Governor Gordon's appointment,” Robinson said. “It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to work with a great agency and to serve the people of Wyoming to the best of my ability.”

Robinson currently serves as the Senior Assistant Attorney General in the Water and Natural Resources Division of the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office where he has represented the State of Wyoming in federal court in environmental litigation. Robinson has been with the Attorney General's Office for the last 12 years. Initially, he worked in the Civil Division where he represented the Public Service Commission, including arguing four cases on behalf of the Commission in the Wyoming Supreme Court. Robinson also worked as a staff attorney for the Public Service Commission for three years, 1996-1998. Prior to that, he clerked at the Wyoming Supreme Court for three justices: G. Joseph Cardine, Larry L. Lehman, and William U. Hill.

Mary Throne will fill the Democrat seat on the PSC.

"Many has experience that she can bring to the PSC. Yes, Mary and I were opponents in the recent gubernatorial race but Mary is a professional, capable person with a strong background in the minerals industries. "I believe she will serve well in this Democrat seat."

"I am pleased and honored that Governor Gordon is giving me the opportunity to continue to serve Wyoming, as a member of the Public Service Commission,” Throne said. “I look forward to working to fulfill the PSC's mission to protect the interests of Wyoming's public utility consumers, despite an ever-changing industry landscape."

Throne, a native of Campbell County, served Cheyenne in the Wyoming House of Representatives for ten years, four of those as Minority Floor Leader. She played a key role in developing Wyoming's landmark carbon capture and sequestration laws. As an attorney, Throne has years of experience in the natural resource field. She has represented the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality’s Air Quality Division in the Office of the Attorney General. In private practice, most recently with the Throne Law Office, she has assisted a variety of energy, mineral and business clients with environmental compliance and permitting, industrial siting and other regulatory issues.