Mirch appointed to fill Omaha-area vacancy on Public Service Commission

By: - January 30, 2023 3:26 pm
Railroad yard

The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway yard in Lincoln. Rail safety is one of the Public Service Commission’s areas of responsibility. (Paul Hammel/Nebraska Examiner)

LINCOLN — Omaha attorney Christian Mirch has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the Nebraska Public Service Commission.

Mirch, a former Omaha police officer, fills the opening left when Crystal Rhoades, an Omaha Democrat, was elected in November to serve as the Douglas County Clerk of the District Court.

Christian Mirch
Christian Mirch, newly appointed to Nebraska Public Service Commission (Courtesy of Mirch for Legislature)

Gov. Jim Pillen, who made the appointment, said that Mirch, a Republican, understands the importance of infrastructure “for the future of Nebraska.”

“He will work hard to update our infrastructure so that Nebraska can continue to compete and grow in the 21st century,” Pillen said in a press release. 

Mirch worked 10 years with the Omaha Police Department before earning his law degree from Creighton University School of Law. He still works part time as a police officer in a small community.

He ran unsuccessfully for the Nebraska Legislature in November, being outpolled by incumbent State Sen. Machaela Cavanaugh in central Omaha’s District 6.

All five members of the PSC are now Republican after Mirch’s appointment. Commissioners are paid $75,000 a year.

The commission regulates telecommunications carriers, major oil pipelines, railroad safety, passenger carriers and grain warehouses, among its responsibilities.

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Paul Hammel
Paul Hammel

Senior Reporter Paul Hammel has covered the Nebraska state government and the state for decades. Previously with the Omaha World-Herald, Lincoln Journal Star and Omaha Sun, he is a member of the Omaha Press Club's Hall of Fame. He grows hops, brews homemade beer, plays bass guitar and basically loves traveling and writing about the state. A native of Ralston, Nebraska, he is vice president of the John G. Neihardt Foundation.

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