CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Former state Public Service Commission Chairwoman Charlotte Lane will return to that position next month after being appointed Friday by Gov. Jim Justice.

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Charlotte Lane

Lane, who served as PSC chair from 1997-2001 under then-Gov. Cecil Underwood, will replace longtime PSC Chairman Mike Albert whose term ends June 30. Albert’s been a member of the PSC for 12 years.

“My plan is to assist in any transition as I complete my current term and then disappear quietly into the life of this community,” Albert said when he announced his retirement back in February.

Lane, a Republican, has also served stints as U.S. Attorney and as a member of the United States International Trade Commission. Most recently Lane served a two-year term, 2017-2019, in the House of Delegates representing Kanawha County’s 35th Delegate District. She was also in the House for short periods of time in the 1970’s and 1990’s.

Lane, 71, is a Pleasants County native. She lives in Charleston.

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