Crist receives same list of nominees for PSC replacement
Meeting for less than half an hour, the Public Service Nominating Council waived its rules and sent the governor the same list of names he received before -- excluding the ousted incumbents -- to fill the three-month term of Commissioner Katrina McMurrian. McMurrian resigned after Gov. Charlie Crist failed to reappoint her and PSC Chairman Matthew Carter and announced it was time to "clean house.''
The governor is expected to pick one of his current nominees and name either David Klement, former editorial page editor at the Bradenton Herald, or Benjamin "Steve" Stevens, former CFO for the Escambia County sheriff department. The goal is to have someone in place by next Tuesday, Oct. 27, when the commission decides on whether to accept or reject the governor's request to delay a final vote on the rate cases for Florida Power & Light and Progress Energy.
PSC staff on Monday punted their recommendation, suggesting the commission not delay the rate case but leaving open the possibility that the commission could extend the case but complete it by its March 18 statutory deadline.
Also on the nominating council list sent to Crist are Felcia Banks West, a Maryland-based attorney and former staff attorney at the PSC, and John Grayson, a Tallahassee accountant and former inspector general of the PSC.