More Than 30 Apply to Become Next PUCO Chair

Among the 31 individuals who have applied to lead the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) are Ohio Supreme Court Justice Judith French and Sen. Sean O’Brien (D-Cortland). Both lost their re-election bids in November — and both are now among the finalists for the PUCO job.

The 12-member PUCO Nominating Council will conduct interviews with the eight finalists Monday, Dec. 21 and then send its recommendations to Gov. Mike DeWine, who will have until Jan. 20 to make a selection. The council’s meeting will be livestreamed on PUCO’s YouTube channel.

Meanwhile, the nominating council announced this week it’s also seeking applications to fill a commissioner seat for the term ending April 10, 2026. Applications are due Jan. 7. 12/15/2020