Charlie Crist taps Tampa lawyer Julie Brown for PSC
Gov. Charlie Crist appointed Tampa lawyer Julie Brown, a member of the city of Tampa's Architectural Review Commission, to the Public Service Commission on Tuesday. The appointment is subject to Florida Senate confirmation.
Brown, 35, is an associate legal counsel for First American Corp. and owner of J.T. Swann Realty Inc. She served two years as an assistant attorney for the city of Tampa before unsuccessfully challenging John Dingfelder for a seat on the Tampa City Council in 2007.
"Julie understands the fairness and judgment that must be exercised by Public Service Commissioners," Crist said in a statement. "Her past experience ensuring real estate agreements comply with all regulations, as well as reviewing proposed changes to historic properties as a member of a zoning board, have provided her valuable insight into the needs of Florida consumers."
The PSC regulates privately owned public utilities.
Brown is appointed along with West Palm Beach assistant administrator Eduardo Balbis to replace Chairman Nancy Argenziano and Nathan Skop, whose terms expire this year. The PSC Nominating Council declined to consider the two incumbents for new terms after both voted against rate increases sought by major utilities.
In a final indignity, the news release from the governor's office misspells Argenziano's last name as "Argenzenio."
Bill Varian, Times staff writer