The Florida Public Service Commission spent part of its internal affairs meeting Wednesday struggling with how to search for a new executive director while meeting Florida's open meeting laws. The answer: assign one commissioner, Julie Brown, the job of searching for applicants so her meetings don't have to be held in the sunshine.
The PSC accepted the resignation of Timothy Devlin, a 35-year veteran of the PSC, on Tuesday. Devlin had been asked to resign by PSC Chairman Art Graham. Graham did not offer a reason for why he sought Devlin's resignation except to say it was a "private matter."
Brown said Wednesday that she would accept the position but asked "whether a single commissioner is appropriate...I don't want to be the sole determiner sifting through applications."
PSC general counsel Curt Kiser responded that the sunshine law can be difficult to navigate when seeking job applications. "It's really difficult to imagine any kind of confirguation that allows for evern the slightest bending of that Sunshine law...The wisest course is to simply have one commission have as many meetings as you want."