Dam Safety Director Mahoney retires from FERC

Director Daniel Mahoney retired from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Division of Dam Safety and Inspections, effective Oct. 1.

Mahoney led FERC’s dam safety division since succeeding Constantine “Gus” Tjoumas in 2007. The director has responsibility to ensure the safety, security, and adequacy of project works and protection of life, property, and public health and safety at hydroelectric projects regulated by the commission.

Mahoney has more than 30 years’ experience in dam safety and inspections. Before becoming director, he served as deputy director of the division for 11 years within FERC’s Office of Energy Projects.

Mahoney earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree in water resources engineering from Johns Hopkins University. He began his federal government career with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

FERC named Deputy Director William Allerton acting director of the Division of Dam Safety and Inspections until a successor is chosen. The agency called for applications by Oct. 4 for the post.

Allerton is a civil engineer with 30 years’ experience in dam safety engineering. Prior to being appointed deputy director, he was supervisor of dam safety engineering in the commission’s headquarters office.

The acting director is a member of the U.S. Society on Dams, Association of State Dam Safety Officials, and the American Society of Civil Engineers.

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