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Public Service Commissioner Brian Kalk will soon be leaving his post on the three-person board after accepting a management position with the Energy and Environmental Research Center in Grand Forks.

Kalk will be taking the role of Director of Energy Systems Development for the EERC at the University of North Dakota. He starts his new role Feb. 1.

He said, following retirement, the position became available and he jumped, applying and being hired in about 30 days. 

“I really like what I’m doing with the PSC,” said Kalk, adding that he might be able to make a larger impact in the new position overseeing research and development.

Kalk was elected to the PSC in 2008 and won a second six-year term in 2014.

His seat will need to be filled by Gov. Doug Burgum. The appointee would then be up for election in 2018 to complete the final two years of the term.

Kalk is a Bottineau native and joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1987. He earned his master’s degree in environmental engineering from North Dakota State University and later a doctorate in natural resource management.

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(Reach Nick Smith at 701-250-8255 or 701-223-8482 or at nick.smith@bismarcktribune.com.)

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