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Regulate this: Panel moves on filling open PSC seat

A state nominating panel has set Jan. 18 for picking the “most qualified” applicants to fill a vacancy on the Florida Public Service Commission

Then, on Jan. 25, the Public Service Commission Nominating Council will do interviews, and make a final selection.

Gov. Rick Scott had picked former Rep. Ritch Workman to replace Ronald Brisé on the panel, which regulates investor-owned utilities.

But Workman, a Melbourne Republican, bowed out after a sexual misconduct allegation.

The initial applicants were Rich Glorioso, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel who served in the House 2004-12, and Baldwyn English, who had been Brisé’s chief advisor for the last seven years.

Applications received this week by the council are from:

— Robert Bennett of Pensacola, a former “green energy” executive;

— Erik Sayler of Tallahassee, the state’s associate public counsel;

— Eric Saidel, a Tampa-based plaintiffs’ attorney and consumer advocate; and

— David Walsh of Winter Springs, an investment advisor and University of Central Florida trustee.

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The full-time PSC position, based in Tallahassee, pays $132,036 a year. Scott’s pick must get Senate approval. The deadline to apply is this Friday, Jan. 12.

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Jim Rosica is the Tallahassee-based Senior Editor for Florida Politics. He previously was the Tampa Tribune’s statehouse reporter. Before that, he covered three legislative sessions in Florida for The Associated Press. Jim graduated from law school in 2009 after spending nearly a decade covering courts for the Tallahassee Democrat, including reporting on the 2000 presidential recount. He can be reached at jim@floridapolitics.com.

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