PSC Chair Charlotte Lane: Build a career at the PSC

By PSC Chairman Charlotte Lane,

I have written before about how rewarding it can be to work for the State of West Virginia. During my career I have worked beside many professionals who dedicated their careers to serving the citizens of the Mountain State. The satisfaction from this work is undeniable. Still, I don’t believe any of us are so altruistic that we would spend our lives working for free.

So why do people choose to work for the state? More specifically, why do people chose to work for the Public Service Commission? I’m so glad you asked.

Each individual has his or her own reason for coming to work at the PSC. Many make this their life’s work and retire after long years of service. The people who stay do so because we offer a safe and supportive work environment with great benefits. Employees have access to health insurance, including vision and dental; paid leave; a retirement program; an education reimbursement program; opportunities for advancement; and free parking at our downtown Charleston headquarters. We also enjoy a healthy work / life balance.

The PSC is always looking for smart, energetic people who want to work with us. In our ranks you will find attorneys, accountants, engineers, gas pipeline safety inspectors, and computer programmer analysts. We even have our own law enforcement officers who patrol state highways to keep you safe from trucks and buses. And, of course, there is a small army of secretaries and clerical workers keep the whole operation running smoothly.

Most positions at the PSC are covered by the West Virginia Division of Personnel (DOP) Civil Service System. In order to be eligible for these positions you need to complete the steps necessary to be placed on the DOP register. To see what positions we are currently trying to fill, go to our website at www.psc.state.wv.us and click on “Employment Opportunities.” You will also find a link there that will take you to the DOP registration site. Positions are posted for a limited period of time, but may be reposted if not filled, so check back often.

If you are just starting your career, or if you are interested in making a change, I hope you will consider applying to the Public Service Commission. This may be the opportunity you have been looking for.

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