The Department is overseen by the three-member Commonwealth Utilities Commission appointed by the Secretary of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs with approval by the Governor. The Secretary designates one of the Commissioners as Chair. Below you can learn about our Commission.
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Cecile M. Fraser, Acting Chair
Cecile Fraser was first appointed as a Commissioner to the Department of Public Utilities in June of 2017. In January 2023, she was appointed Acting Chair.
Prior to her appointment, Fraser served with the Department as counsel in the Division of Regional and Federal Affairs and the Consumer Division.
Fraser is an attorney with over a decade of experience in the energy and utilities industry. Prior to joining the Department, Fraser worked in private law practice and as an in-house counsel engaged in a range of matters involving utility rates and regulation, infrastructure siting, consumer service issues and related activities. As counsel with the Department, Fraser has worked on issues involving New England’s wholesale electric markets and transmission system, as well as consumer issues.
Fraser received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Fordham University and her J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law-Camden.
Robert Hayden, Commissioner
Bob Hayden joined the Department of Public Utilities in 2001 and served as a Hearing Officer in the Legal Division and focused on enforcement in the Pipeline Safety Division. Prior to joining the Department of Public Utilities, Hayden was a prosecutor with the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office where he prosecuted nearly two hundred trials for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Hayden is a graduate of the State University of New York at Plattsburgh and the University Of Massachusetts School Of Law.