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For Immediate Release
Contact:  Matt Schilling
614 | 466 7750

PUCO Nominating Council to meet January 17

COLUMBUS, OHIO (Jan. 4, 2013) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) Nominating Council will meet on Jan. 17, 2013 to interview applicants for the position of commissioner to fill two vacancies. The first is for the unexpired term commencing upon appointment by the Governor and ending on April 10, 2013, and the second is for the term commencing on April 11, 2013, and ending on April 10, 2018. The meeting will begin at 8:45 a.m. in Hearing Room 11-B at the PUCO offices, 180 E. Broad St., Columbus.

The agenda for the Nominating Council meeting is as follows:

8:45 a.m.         Meeting called to order by Thomas Green, PUCO Nominating Council Chairman
Oath of Office
Election of Officers

Upon the conclusion of the opening public session, the Nominating Council will convene an executive session pursuant to the Ohio Revised Code to interview the following candidates.

9:15 a.m.         M. Beth Trombold, Columbus
9:35 a.m.         Scott Farkas, Worthington
9:55 a.m.         Sandra Williams, Cleveland
10:15 a.m.       Dan Shields, Westerville
10:35 a.m.       Tom Letson, Warren
10:55 a.m.       Break
11:15 a.m.       Martin Gelfand, South Euclid
11:35 a.m.       G. James Van Heyde, Upper Arlington
11:55 a.m.       Andrew Bergman, Columbus
12:15 p.m.       G. Raymond Lorello, Powell

The Nominating Council will reconvene its public session at 12:35 p.m. and select four candidates to submit to Gov. John Kasich for his consideration to fill the vacated commissioner term as well as the five-year commissioner term that begins April 11, 2013. The Ohio Senate must confirm the governor’s appointment.

The public session will be webcast live at www.puco.ohio.gov/apps/Webcast.

The PUCO Nominating Council is a broad-based 12-member panel charged with screening candidates for the position of commissioner. For additional information about the PUCO commissioner appointment process, visit www.puco.ohio.gov.

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The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) is the sole agency charged with regulating public utility service. The role of the PUCO is to assure all residential, business, and industrial consumers have access to adequate, safe and reliable utility services at fair prices while facilitating an environment that provides competitive choices. Consumers with utility-related questions or concerns can call the PUCO Call Center at (800) 686-PUCO (7826) and speak with a representative.

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