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Patronis departure opens another PSC seat

Rep. Jimmy Patronis, R-Panama City, in a March 4, 2014, file photo (AP Photo/Phil Sears).
Rep. Jimmy Patronis, R-Panama City, in a March 4, 2014, file photo (AP Photo/Phil Sears). (Associated Press)

The Florida Public Service Commission Nominating Council will set up an application process to replace Jimmy Patronis, who resigned Sunday from the Public Service Commission to become state chief financial officer.

A similar application process is already underway for Public Service Commission seats held by Ronald Brise and Art Graham.

Patronis' term on the five-member Public Service Commission was set to expire in January 2019, but Gov. Rick Scott on Monday appointed him to serve as chief financial officer, replacing Jeff Atwater who will leave the Cabinet post Friday.

Brise and Graham, whose terms are set to expire in January, have notified the Florida Public Service Commission Nominating Council that they will seek reappointment, said Cindy Muir, a spokeswoman for the commission.

The deadline to apply for the seats held by Brise and Graham is July 18. The council will provide a short list of candidates to Scott, who will make selections for the jobs, which pay $131,036 a year.

Commissioners serve four-year terms.

Brise and Graham were first appointed to the commission in 2010 by former Gov. Charlie Crist and were appointed to second terms by Scott.

Both have chaired the utility-regulatory panel.