The Public Service Nominating Council on Thursday included a current and former legislator, as well as a sitting commissioner, in the slate of seven candidates forwarded to Gov. Rick Scott to fill two positions on the five-person board that regulates Florida utilities.
Julie Immanuel Brown Download (Redacted) Applicant 11 - Julie Imanuel Brown
David J. Murzin Download (Redacted) Applicant 20 - David J. Murzin
Gerardo B. (Jerry) Fernandez Download (Redacted) Applicant 25 - Gerardo B. (Jerry) Fernandez
Stuart Wayne Pollins Download (Redacted) Applicant 29 - Stuart Wayne Pollins
Kevin LeRoy Wiehle Download (Redacted) Applicant 30 - Kevin LeRoy Wiehle
Jimmy T. Patronis, Jr. Download (Redaction Not Needed) Applicant 33 - Jimmy T. Patronis, Jr.
Regulatory experience or utility industry background was not abiding criteria for the council, which is dominated by legislators whose voting record frequently aligns with the agenda of the state's largest electric utilities.
The panel, chaired by Sen. Joe Abruzzo, D-West Palm Beach, and Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, R-Miami, looked past the lack of experience of state Rep. Jimmy Patronis, a Panama City restaurant owner and Republican, and former state Rep. Dave Murzin, a Pensacola Republican and current aide to state Sen. Greg Evers, and included them on the list. Murzin once sat on the nominating council board.
Also on the list sent to the governor is Julie Immanuel Brown, a Tampa attorney and current PSC commissioner. The panel rejected others with years of experience in utility issues, such as Marshall Willis, a former 38-year veteran of the PSC who was fired without explanation as director of accounting and finance by PSC executive director Braulio Baez last spring.