In a move designed to reshape the embattled Public Service Commmission, Gov. Charlie Crist on Thursday named a former newspaper editorial board member and a sheriff's department finance director to the utility regulators' panel, ousting two incumbents. Full story here.
Crist appointed David Klement, former editor of the Brandenton Herald's editorial board
and Benjamin "Steve'' Stevens, the chief financial officer for the Escambia County sheriff's department to serve on the five-member panel. He rejected two commissioners originally appointed by Gov. Jeb Bush who were seeking new four-year terms: Commission Chairman Matthew Carter and Katrina McMurrian.
“As a journalist, editor and community leader, David has been involved in seeking solutions to the needs of his community,” Crist said of Klement. “His extensive experience in a wide variety of issues will give him an appropriate perspective when considering business and consumer matters that come before the Commission.”
Regarding Stevens, he said: “Steve has a strong track record of integrity in fiscal management and understands the importance of careful stewardship of taxpayer dollars,” Crist said. “His ability to carefully evaluate financial reporting should be a strong asset to the utilities consumers of Florida.”
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