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

PUCO Nominating Council to meet June 16

COLUMBUS, OHIO (June 9, 2016) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) Nominating Council will meet on June 16, 2016, to interview applicants for the position of commissioner of the PUCO to fill one vacancy. The position of commissioner is for the unexpired term commencing upon appointment by the governor and ending on April 10, 2020. 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
                      Opening remarks by Chairman Asim Z. Haque
                      Oath of office
                      Ratification of Jan. 28, 2016 minutes

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.

9:00 a.m.         Edward Hess
9:20 a.m.         Dave Hall
9:50 a.m.         M. Howard Petricoff
10:10 a.m.       Break
10:20 a.m.       Sam Gerhardstein
10:40 a.m.       Lawrence Friedeman
11:00 a.m.       James Teitt
11:20 a.m.       Break
11:30 a.m.       Andrew Thomas
11:50 a.m.       Mark Ward
12:10 p.m.       Gregory Williams

The Nominating Council will reconvene its public session at 12:45 p.m. and select four candidates to submit to Gov. John R. Kasich for his consideration to fill the vacated commissioner term.

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

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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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