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Former Local State Representative is New Public Utilities Commission Chairman
Posted on: 04/16/2014
By  Mike Cullums
 
Governor John Kasich has sworn in a new chairperson of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, and it's someone familiar to many Washington County residents.
 
Tom Johnson, a Republican from New Concord, served the area in the Ohio House of Representatives for 22 years, with much of that time as chair of the powerful Finance and Appropriations Committee.
 
The affable Johnson also served as director of the Office of Budget and Management under Governor Bob Taft from 1999 through 2006.
 
Tom Johnson will serve a five-year term as PUCO chairman, directing a 330-employee state agency charged with regulating public utility companies, with the aim of assuring residential and business consumers access to reliable utility services while encouraging a competitive marketplace.   
 
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