Sam Randazzo

Andy Chow

Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) is asking for a new list of candidates to potentially chair the state's utilities regulatory agency. The former chair of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio resigned after the FBI raided his home.

A pic of then-PUCO Chair Sam Randazzo speaking to "a crowd of industry stakeholders and experts at the 24th Annual Ohio Energy Management Conference", shared by the PUCO Twitter account in February 2020.
@PUCOhio/Twitter

The list of possible successors to take over as chair of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has been narrowed to four. One will succeed Sam Randazzo, who resigned last month after a federal filing from FirstEnergy noting an improper $4 million payment to an entity associated with someone who became a state regulator.

Sam Randazzo, former PUCO Chair, on "The State of Ohio"
Statehouse News Bureau

Ohio's top utilities regulations official has resigned just days after FBI agents searched his home in an early morning raid. Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) announced the departure of PUCO Chair Sam Randazzo, thanking him for his service.

FBI agents carry boxes out of the Columbus home of Public Utilities Commission Chair Sam Randazzo.
Dan Konik

The Columbus home of the chair of the agency that regulates Ohio utilities was the site of a search by the FBI this morning.