Lisa Edgar case headed back to court this week

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A case management conference has been set for Wednesday on criminal charges against Lisa Edgar, a former Public Service Commissioner and state parks director, who was arrested in Tallahassee after an alleged drunk-driving hit and run.

In June, State Attorney Jack Campbell’s office filed an information, or formal criminal charges, against Edgar for the April 15 incident. Campbell is the elected prosecutor for the 2nd Judicial Circuit, which includes Leon County.

Edgar, 53, is charged with driving under the influence causing damage to person or property, a first-degree misdemeanor, and leaving the scene of a crash with damage, a second-degree misdemeanor, court records show. She waived an arraignment hearing and pleaded “not guilty” in April.

Criminal-defense attorney John Leace, who is attorney of record for Edgar, has not responded to requests for comment. Last week, he formally requested a copy of the crash report from the state.

In February, Edgar resigned as director of the Florida Park Service after less than two months on the job, citing “an immediate family emergency.”

Edgar was also a three-term member of the state’s Public Service Commission, the panel that regulates the state’s investor-owned utilities, and has been a deputy secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection.

Then-Gov. Jeb Bush first appointed her to the PSC in January 2005. Last year, Edgar decided not to seek another term on the PSC. She was replaced by water-use engineer Donald Polmann of Dunedin.

She switched jobs around the first of the year, saying she wanted to further use her “regulatory and governmental experience.”

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