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Utilities Hearing Officer


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Sam Crano
Sam Crano

Sam Crano was appointed Utilities Hearing Officer for the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada in August 2020.

Prior to his appointment, Crano served as Acting Staff Counsel beginning in June 2020. Crano joined the PUCN in 2007, first as an Administrative Attorney and later served as Assistant Staff Counsel for nearly a decade.

Previously, he was the Juvenile and Family Court Master for Elko County and served as a Deputy Public Defender for the state in Elko County.

Crano attended the University of Arizona, where he earned a law degree and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History. A member of the State Bar of Nevada, Crano also attended the National Judicial College.

David Noble
David Noble

David Noble was appointed Utilities Hearing Officer for the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada in June 2021.

Prior to his appointment, Noble served as Assistant Staff Counsel. Previously, Noble held various positions at the PUCN, including Commissioner, Utilities Hearing Officer, Assistant General Counsel and Administrative Attorney. Noble also served as Deputy Director at the Governor’s Office of Energy for several years.

Noble received a bachelor’s degree in international relations and environmental studies from the University of Pennsylvania and a juris doctorate from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.