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State reopens search to fill Public Service Commission spot

The state has reopened a search to fill a spot on the Florida Public Service Commission, after appointee Ritch Workman withdrew this month following a sexual misconduct allegation.

The Florida Public Service Commission Nominating Council issued a notice Friday setting a Jan. 12 application deadline for the utility-regulatory job.

Gov. Rick Scott in September appointed Workman, a former state House member, to the $132,000-a-year post. The appointment was slated to take effect Jan. 2, with Workman later subject to Senate confirmation.

But Workman withdrew this month after Senate Rules Chairwoman Lizbeth Benacquisto said she would not put Workman’s appointment on her committee’s agenda because of what she described as “abhorrent” sexual behavior toward her last year.

Workman, a Melbourne Republican, said he did not recall such an incident. His withdrawal and the process of selecting a replacement means the PSC will start 2018 with four of its five seats filled, as longtime Commissioner Ronald Brise‘s term is expiring.

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