TALLAHASSEE — Meeting for less than half an hour Tuesday, the Public Service Nominating Council sent Gov. Charlie Crist the names of four previous nominees to fill an unexpired term on the state utility board.
The list includes the two people Crist chose Oct. 1 to fill two open seats on the Public Service Commission: David Klement, former editorial page editor at the Bradenton Herald, and Benjamin "Steve" Stevens.
The governor is expected to choose one of them to start the PSC job early, filling the temporary vacancy created when Commissioner Katrina McMurrian resigned this month. McMurrian stepped down before the end of her term after Crist — announcing it was time to "clean house" — did not reappoint her or PSC Chairman Matthew Carter.
The governor will name a replacement after he receives the list of names. He is expected to make the choice by Tuesday, when the commission is set to rule on the governor's request to delay a final vote on requests by Florida Power & Light and Progress Energy to increase their electric rates.
PSC staff members on Monday recommended the commission reject an indefinite delay on the rate cases but left open the possibility that the commission could extend the cases while still completing them by a March 18 deadline.
The other names on the list sent to Crist are Felicia Banks West, a Maryland lawyer and former staff attorney at the PSC, and John Grayson, a Tallahassee accountant and former inspector general of the PSC.