Yuma’s Jones Tapped To Serve With Ariz. Power Authority

Posted: Sunday, March 16, 2014 10:30 pm | Updated: 3:12 pm, Mon Mar 17, 2014.

By Cesar Neyoy

Russ Jones, a Yuma businessman and former state lawmaker, has been named by Gov. Jan Brewer to fill a seat on the commission overseeing the Arizona Power Authority, the state agency responsible for acquiring and marketing power generated from the Colorado River.

Jones, president of Richard L. Jones Customhouse Brokers, was nominated to fill the remaining four years of the term of retired Lt. Gen. John Hudson of Yuma, who stepped down for personal reasons after serving 14 years on the panel.

Jones’ nomination is subject to confirmation by the Senate, which Jones said could take up the matter within the next several weeks.

“It’s an enormous honor to have been nominated by the governor,” said Jones, a Republican who serves six years in the Legislature. “I have never been involved with business in the area of energy, but I bring (to the commission) my experience as a legislator, especially my work with legislative committees related to water and agriculture.”

If confirmed, Jones will in Hudson’s place through 2018.

The main goal the five-member goal has at present, said Jones, is renewal of contracts with the authority’s customers for power, among them several irrigation districts, including one in Yuma. Jones said he expects the new contracts to be ready in 2017.

Apart from his legislative service, Jones has served the Arizona-Mexico Commission, the Border Trade Alliance and the Arizona International Development Authority.