Beloved former Public Service Commissioner, Nielsen Cochran, passes away at age 78

Nielsen Cochran, former Central District Public Service Commissioner, and the brother of late U.S. Senator Thad Cochran, passed away Monday morning at the age of 78.

Condolences from many who knew Cochran began pouring in Monday afternoon.

Cochran was elected to the Jackson City Commission in 1977 and again 1981.

He was elected in 1983 as the Central District Public Service Commissioner and served until January 2008.

Cochran passed away Monday following a long illness.  Funeral services have not been released at this time.