Curtis Thayer Named Director of Public and Governmental Affairs For ENSTAR Natural Gas Company

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, May 25 /PRNewswire/ -- ENSTAR Natural Gas Company today announced the appointment of Curtis W. Thayer as Director, Public and Governmental Affairs.

Barrett Hatches, President of ENSTAR Natural Gas Company, made the announcement. ENSTAR is a division of SEMCO ENERGY, Inc. (NYSE: SEN)

"Curtis Thayer is proving an immediate asset to ENSTAR through his organizational skills and leadership qualities. His positive relationships in the community provide a conduit to increasing the company's presence in the communities we serve. I am happy to welcome him to our managerial team," he said.

Thayer comes to ENSTAR after eight years as Special Assistant to U.S. Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), Chairman of the House Resources Committee. Thayer traveled extensively across Alaska and the country while working for Young. He most recently served as Finance Chairman on the campaign of Anchorage Mayor-elect George Wuerch. He also will serve on the transition team.

As Director of Public and Governmental Affairs, Thayer is responsible for developing standards, policies and procedures to broaden ENSTAR's representation in the communities served by the company.

Thayer has extensive background in working with a broad coalition of community leaders in planning, organizing and implementing efforts to benefit the Anchorage community and the entire state. His managerial duties have included political campaign staffs and media and political consultants as well as fundraising and research efforts.

The Alaska native earned his Bachelor's degree in Political Science and Justice from the University of Alaska at Fairbanks.

ENSTAR Natural Gas Company, which provides natural gas service to more than 100,000 customers, is a division of SEMCO ENERGY, Inc. The Company's Michigan division, SEMCO ENERGY GAS COMPANY, distributes natural gas to more than 250,000 customers in the Upper and Lower Peninsulas. SEMCO ENERGY, Inc. has two subsidiaries. SEMCO ENERGY VENTURES owns and operates businesses involved in gas engineering and quality assurance services, pipeline construction services, propane distribution, intrastate pipelines and natural gas storage in various regions of the United States. Aretech Information Services, Inc. is a southeastern Michigan-based information technology company specializing in outsourcing to the mid-range computer market.
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