© 2021 Cincinnati Public Radio
purple_waveback6.png
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
SPOTLIGHT: Your 2021 voter guide to Cincinnati's races for mayor, City Council, school board and more ahead of Election Day Tuesday, Nov. 2. >>
Ohio News

Kasich Nominee Resigns From PUCO After Senate Rejects Appointment

Howard Petricoff
Howard Petricoff

A top utilities watchdog, nominated to that spot by Gov. John Kasich, has stepped down after the Senate rejected that appointment. 

Republican Senate President Keith Faber says Howard Petricoff acted as an activist for other energy groups and would have too many conflicts of interest as a member of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

That’s why the Senate says it rejected Petricoff’s appointment to the PUCO, made by Kasich.

After Petricoff resigned from his post, Kasich’s office put out a statement saying he disagrees with the Senate’s decision and will set out again to find a qualified replacement.

PUCO Chair Asim Haque didn’t mince words in his statement saying he was disappointed in the Senate and hopes it doesn’t scare away other talented people from looking to serve Ohio.

Copyright 2016 The Statehouse News Bureau