Governor names attorney to state public utilities commission

FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2018, file photo, Mike DeWine, Republican candidate for Ohio Governor, speaks at the Mansfield Lahm Regional Airport in Mansfield, Ohio. The inauguration of Gov.-elect DeWine will mark a shift away from volatility in a state buffeted in recent years between the shifting ambitions of an outspoken governor and the frequent outbursts of an unpredictable president. Even before taking office Monday, DeWine has moved through the transition process with a methodical calm. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has named an attorney to the state commission that regulates public utilities.
The Republican governor has announced the appointment of Samuel Randazzo to fill the position of a member of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio who is retiring. Randazzo’s term is to begin April 11, subject to confirmation by the Ohio Senate.
The governor’s release says DeWine intends to name Randazzo as commission chairman when his term begins. The release says Randazzo is an attorney who has represented utilities and other regulated businesses.
Heather Taylor-Miesle, president of the Ohio Environmental Council Action Fund, said in a release that they are disappointed in the selection as Randazzo “has had a lengthy career fighting against renewable energy.”
DeWine says he’s confident Randazzo will be an “excellent” chairman.