Milligan, Former GOP Lawmakers Among PSC Hopefuls

Former Florida Comptroller Bob Milligan, state Rep. Tom Goodson, a handful of former state legislators and an administrative law judge are among the 23 applicants seeking to replace Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis on the state’s utility regulatory board.

The vacancy was created last month when Gov. Rick Scott tapped Patronis to succeed former CFO Jeff Atwater, who left the Cabinet post to take a job with Florida Atlantic University. Scott will also make the final selection for the open Public Service Commission position.

Joining Goodson, R-Rockledge, seeking to replace Patronis as a Florida utility regulator are a number of onetime House members — all Republicans — including Richard Glorioso, of Plant City; David Murzin, of Pensacola; Ritch Workman, of Melbourne; and Ken Littlefield, of Wesley Chapel, who briefly served on the utility commission before former Gov. Charlie Crist replaced him in 2007.

Former state Sen. Greg Evers, a Republican from Baker who also served in the House, also has applied for the post.

The Public Service Commission oversees rates and service for electric utilities, natural-gas utilities, and water and wastewater utilities.

Milligan, 84, served as comptroller from 1995 to 2002, when the Cabinet position merged with the insurance commissioner, treasurer and fire marshal to become chief financial officer. Milligan also briefly served as Scott’s interim Veterans Affairs director in 2011.

Other commission hopefuls include John Glen Van Laningham, a Tallahassee administrative law judge; Steven Petty, a former chief economist for business-backed Florida TaxWatch; and David Clark, the Department of Environmental Protection’s deputy secretary of land and recreation, who oversees the state’s 174 parks.

The deadline to apply with the Public Service Commission Nominating Council for the $131,036-a-year post was 5 p.m. Friday.

The nominating council, chaired by state Rep. Mike La Rosa, R-St. Cloud, will interview candidates for the jobs and submit recommendations to Scott.

The term for the individual eventually selected to replace Patronis, a restaurateur from Panama City and former state House member, ends on Jan. 1, 2019.

Other applicants include:

  • John R. Coleman of New Port Richey, a retired New York State Department of Public Service supervisor;
  • William Conrad, a former mayor of Newberry who owns Conrad Construction Company and serves as chairman of the Florida Municipal Power Agency’s board of directors;
  • Norman “Bruce” Doueck, a Realtor from Yulee;
  • David Johnson, a general magistrate in the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit;
  • Clayton Lindstrom, director of the Fort Pierce Utilities Authority;
  • Pauley Morgan, chief technical advisor to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission;
  • Jody Newman, a former assistant director with the Orange County School District;
  • Former Duval County Property Appraiser Jim Overton;
  • Kathryn Pappas, a former bank vice president from Agawam, Mass;
  • Erik Sayler, a former senior attorney with the commission who now works for the state Office of Public Counsel;
  • Ted Schrader, president of the Winter Haven Citrus Growers Association;
  • Anibal Taboas an appointee to the Governors State University Board of Trustees from Woodridge, Ill.; and
  • Bill Veach, deputy county manager for Lake County, who previously served as director of the Division of Hotels and Restaurants at the state Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

Many of the applicants have also applied to replace veteran commissioners Ronald Brise and Art Graham. Brise and Graham — initially appointed in 2010 by Crist and reappointed four years later by Scott — have filed to be reappointed to their seats, but were not among those applying for the post vacated by Patronis.

Reposted with permsission from The News Service of Florida

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