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

PUCO Nominating Council makes recommendations to Gov. Kasich

COLUMBUS, OHIO (Jan. 26, 2017) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) Nominating Council today submitted the names of five finalists to be considered by Gov. John Kasich to fill two commissioner positions.

After considering many highly qualified applicants, the Nominating Council recommended the following individuals to fill the unexpired term ending April 10, 2020:

Daniel Conway

Lawrence Friedeman

J. Edward Hess

Raymond Lawton

The Nominating Council also recommended Gregory Williams be included for consideration for the five-year term commencing on April 11, 2017 and end April 10, 2022, along with the remaining three individuals not selected by the governor.

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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