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Mission Statement
 To ensure the safe and reliable provision of public utility services to the citizens of Tennessee.

Vision Statement
The TPUC strives to serve the best interests of the public in its utility oversight and agency operations.

TPUC Values

  1. Respect – We respect our customers, coworkers, and ourselves, and treat everyone with due consideration and dignity in all situations.
  2. Public Trust – We insist and require honesty and integrity and consistently reflect these ideals.
  3. Customer-focused – We are responsive to our customers and effective stewards of public resources, which provide maximum benefits to our customers.
  4. Highly Qualified – We actively work to continuously improve and utilize our knowledge and skills to grow a culture of high performance. 
  5. Innovative – We are adaptive and strive for creative solutions in response to the challenging and dynamic utility environment.


Director, Gas Pipeline Safety Division

Location: Nashville, Tennessee

Executive Appointment
Salary Range-  $4,769-$8,585

The Tennessee Public Utility Commission is seeking to fill the position of Director of the Commission’s Gas Pipeline Safety Division. The successful candidate will function as a member of the Executive Director’s leadership team. The Pipeline Safety Division Director has responsibility for statewide delivery of services provided by the division. The Pipeline Safety Division Director is responsible for a staff of seven inspectors that inspect gas systems across the state.

Duties and Responsibilities: Serves at the pleasure of the Executive Director of the Public Utility Commission. Under the general supervision of the Executive Director and in coordination with the Tennessee Public Utility Commission, directs and implements pipeline safety program to effectively and efficiently promote public safety and comply with requirements of supporting federal grant.  Responsible for the development and administration of policy and procedures for the pipeline safety program. In consultation with agency Human Resources staff, reviews and makes decisions on employment and other personnel actions. Reviews and approves annual work plans and sets priorities for the next fiscal year. Develops annual budget based on work plans and pertinent information furnished by subordinates. Reviews, evaluates and modifies pipeline safety program to insure that set goals and objectives are reached. Provides leadership through the clear and accurate communication with employees, policymakers, partner agencies, media and other key stakeholders.

Minimum Qualifications: A bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline from an accredited institution and a minimum of seven (7) years full-time experience as a practicing engineer.  Experience in pipeline safety, operation or construction preferable. Experience with administration, incident response, long range planning, budget administration, personnel management and public relations also desired.

To apply: Send a cover letter and resume by mail to

Earl Taylor, Executive Director
Tennessee Public Utility Commission
502 Deaderick Street
4th Floor
Nashville TN 37243

or email Resumes will be accepted until June 1, 2018.

Pursuant to the State of Tennessee’s Workplace Discrimination and Harassment policy, the State is firmly committed to the principle of fair and equal employment opportunities for its citizens and strives to protect the rights and opportunities of all people to seek, obtain, and hold employment without being subjected to illegal discrimination and harassment in the workplace. It is the State’s policy to provide an environment free of discrimination and harassment of an individual because of that person’s race, color, national origin, age (40 and over), sex, pregnancy, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status or any other category protected by state and/or federal civil rights laws.