PSC Chairman Ronald Brisé: Working to Ensure Public Confidence in Fairness of Process
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“A game changer is one who changes the paradigm of the game, and brings in the dynamic that sets things on a new course,” says Public Service Commission Chairman Ronald A. Brisé. “In recent years, I, along with my fellow commissioners, have worked to facilitate a collegial work environment with the goal of serving residents of the great state of Florida.”
Recently named a Politic365 Game Changer, Brisé, serving as chairman, sets the tone and focus for the PSC. When asked how his role as chairman differs from that of the other commissioners, Brisé noted that he manages the flow of the office. That flow includes docketing cases that come before the commissioners. “I want to ensure that the public knows the fairness of the process. A decision may not go the way a particular party had hoped, but everyone should understand that fairness is considered and forms the basis for our decisions.”
Annually, more than 3,000 issues may be presented for the commission to review, investigate and decide in a quasi-judicial manner. With Chairman Brisé’s leadership, working with his colleagues, the high case volume usually flows smoothly. “Commissioners may not always agree with each other, but we are always collegial,” he says.
With a staff of just under 300 people statewide, the chairman has a big task. He is well-prepared to handle it, with an MBA in management and marketing. Brisé formerly served in the Florida House, representing District 108, working with energy, telecommunications and appropriations issues. He puts that knowledge and expertise to use in his PSC role.
As a former legislator, Brisé says, “Sometimes after we passed legislation there was a gap, or difference, between what was passed and what was actually implemented. In my current role as the chairman, I want to close that gap so that what is implemented at the PSC maintains the spirit of the governing legislation.”
In addition to managing dockets, Brisé works with engineers, accountants, legal counsel and other staff to ensure that each issue has been thoroughly prepared and presented in an equitable process to both the utility provider and the end user. He says, “It is also important to participate in public events and help people understand the nature of our work. I want the public to know we are serving all communities as a whole, not just a specific few.”
Even with a full work load, Brisé finds quality time to spend with his family. He and several members recently participated in a 13-mile race in Orlando. His son, Ronald Anthony Brisé II, age 7, walked the race, and his 18-month-old daughter, Elizabeth Christine, completed the race in her stroller. The group also included his wife, JoAn, his parents, his sister and her husband, and some friends. The group hopes to make this an annual event.
An accomplished musician, he learned to play the piano as a child and played the trumpet in middle and high school. These days, he plays the trumpet recreationally and sometimes at a friend or relative’s wedding. What’s on his ipod? Chris Botti and Wynton Marsalis.
Dr. Marilyn Naito writes special to Sunshine State News.