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PSC narrows its executive director candidates to three



The Florida Public Service Commission today narrowed its list of candidates to interview for its open executive director post to three:

* Aster Adams, the director fo the Ohio Consumers Counsel. He received the votes of Commissioners Art Graham, Lisa Polak Edgar, Eduardo Balbis and Ronald Brise.

* Braulio Baez, a Tallahassee lawyer and former PSC commissioner. He received the votes of Commissioners Julie Imanuel Brown, Edgar and Brise.

* Charles "Chris" Hart, CEO of Hart Enterprises of Tampa and former Hillsborough County Commissioner. He received the votes of Edgar, Brise and Brown.

The names were chosen because three of the five commissioners selected them from a list of 15 applicants they interviewed by phone and in person. The commissioners were asked to list their top three candidates, only Edgar exceeded the list and voted for five.Adams received four of the commission votes while Baez and Hart received three.

The panel will interview the candidates Sept. 6 and into Sept. 7 and 8 if needed. Download PSC Executive Director Vote Sheet

Here's the list of semi-finalists:


Name                                      Employment History                                               Location

1. Aster Adams                        Director – Ohio Consumers’ Counsel                                       Pickerington, OH

 2. Braulio Baez             Attorney/Former PSC Commissioner                                        Coral Gables, FL

3. Timothy Barden                    Interim County Administrator – Wakulla County                        Tallahassee, FL

 4. Diana Caldwell                     Attorney/Former PSC Attorney                                                Tallahassee, FL

5. James Cook                         VP/COO – FairPoint Communication                           Fort Walton Beach, FL

 6. Earl Daugherty                      R & D Manager – Tennessee Valley Authority              Hixson, TN

 7. Christine Ericson                   Dep. Solicitor General – Illinois Commerce Commission            Evanston, IL

8. Michael Eurich                      Dir of Development & External Affairs – FL Trail Assn.            Tallahassee, FL

 9. George Harder                     Project Manager – Applied Environmental Consulting    Lutz, FL

 10. Charles “Chris” Hart           CEO – Hart Enterprises (Consulting)                                        Tampa, FL

11. Stephen Hogge                   Owner – Stephen Hogge & Associates (Consulting)                  Tallahassee, FL

 12. Gary Hunt                          President – Scalable Growth Strategy Advisors             Danville, CA

 13. Steven Marshall                  Logistics Director – US Navy                                                   Tallahassee, FL           

 14. Paul Montgomery               Liaison for Defense - Pentagon                                     Alexandria, VA

 15. Phillip Nowicki                   Director of Consumer Protection – State of Georgia                  Decatur, GA

16. Tanya Robinson                  Business Analyst Manager – FAMU                                         Tallahassee, FL

17. David Russell                      COO – Deuk Spine Institute                                                     Melbourne, FL

18. William Stewart                  Deputy Chief of Staff – FL Attorney General                 Tallahassee, FL

19. Harold Stoller                     Director of Energy – Illinois Commerce Commission     Springfield, IL

20. Michael Townsley               Deputy Director – New York PSC                                           Old Saybrook, CT

 21. Bill Veach                           Director, Hotels & Restaurants - DBPR                                    Tallahassee, FL


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