Richard S. Mroz, Esquire, was named by Governor Christopher J. Christie as President to the N.J. Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) on October 6, 2014. President Mroz also serves as a member of the Governor’s Cabinet. Mr. Mroz was nominated by Governor Christie to serve as a Commissioner to the Board on September 18, 2014 and was confirmed by the Senate on September 22, 2014.
President Mroz is Chairman of the Critical Infrastructure Committee for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). Established on a temporary basis after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the now-permanent Critical Infrastructure Committee provides State regulators a forum to analyze solutions to utility infrastructure security and delivery concerns. He also serves as a member of the Electricity Committee, which deliberates on policy recommendations and emerging issues as well as best practices in regulatory policies in the electric generation, transmission and distribution industries. And he serves on NARUC’s Subcommittee on Nuclear Issues—Waste Disposal, which deliberates on nuclear policy recommendations and emerging issues, as well as nuclear waste disposal. Mr. Mroz is the voting member representing New Jersey to the Organization of PJM States, Inc (OPSI) the official representative organization designated to interact with the regional transmission organization. Mr. Mroz is also a member of the New Mexico State University Center for Public Utilities Advisory Council.
Mr. Mroz continues a long and distinguished career in legal affairs and public service. Before becoming President of the NJBPU he worked in private practice as a lawyer and lobbyist as Managing Director of Archer Public Affairs in Trenton, New Jersey and Of Counsel to Archer & Greiner P.C., in Haddonfield, New Jersey.
From 1991-1993 Mr. Mroz served as the County Counsel for Camden County New Jersey. In 1993 former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman appointed him to the first of several senior positions in her administration. He served as Director of Authorities and Governor’s counsel for, and liaison to, the State’s largest independent agencies. Governor Whitman then in 1998 appointed him as Special Counsel to undertake responsibility for a series of special projects.
Governor Whitman appointed Mr. Mroz to be Chief Counsel in 1999. He served as the Governor’s primary advisor for legislative affairs, judicial and prosecutorial appointments, as well as, legal, policy and management issues of the State government. Governor Whitman designated Mr. Mroz as New Jersey’s representative to Philadelphia 2000 (Philadelphia’s Host Committee) for the National Republican Convention. In that position, he coordinated all of New Jersey’s efforts to support the 2000 Convention including numerous special events.