For Immediate Release
Contact:  Matt Schilling
(614) 466 7750

PUCO Nominating Council to meet January 30

COLUMBUS, OHIO (Jan. 24, 2014) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) Nominating Council will meet on Jan. 30, 2014 to interview applicants for the position of commissioner of the PUCO to fill a five-year term commencing on April 11, 2014. 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 Mike Koren, PUCO Nominating Council acting 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.         James M. Lawniczak, Cleveland  
9:35 a.m.         Patrick Donlon, Columbus
9:55 a.m.         David C. Rinebolt, Findlay
10:15 a.m.       Tom Waniewski, Toledo
10:35 a.m.       Thomas S. Crothers, Toledo
10:55 a.m.       Break
11:15 a.m.       Stacey E. Polk, Cleveland
11:35 a.m.       James H. Landers, Liberty Township
11:55 a.m.       Joe McNamara, Toledo         
12:15 p.m.       Thomas W. Johnson, Columbus       

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 commissioner term commencing on April 11, 2014. The Ohio Senate must confirm the governor’s appointment.

The public session will be webcast live at

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

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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