David Klement was sworn in today as Commissioner on the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) to complete the term of Katrina McMurrian, who resigned on October 5. Appointed by Governor Charlie Crist, Klement will fill this seat through the end of the year and begin his four year Commission term on January 2, 2010.
“I consider it an honor and privilege to serve on this board,” said Commissioner Klement. “I understand the challenges for the state in the difficult economic times that lie ahead and look forward to beginning a new phase of public service.”
The oath of office ceremony took place at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Campus in Sarasota and was administered by Chief Judge Lee E. Haworth, 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida.
Prior to his appointment, Klement served as Director of the Institute for Public Policy & Leadership at the University of South Florida. Klement brings a journalism career spanning more than four decades to the Commission, serving as editorial page editor at The Bradenton Herald and as an editor and reporter at The Detroit Free Press and The Daily Oklahoman in Oklahoma City.
Klement received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of North Texas, a master’s degree in mass communications from the University of South Florida, and he is a graduate of Leadership Florida. He is a member of both the Manatee and the Sarasota Chambers of Commerce and serves on the Boards of the U.S. Green Building Council, Myakka River Branch, and Manatee Educational Television (METV).
Klement joins Chairman Matthew M. Carter II and Commissioners Lisa Polak Edgar, Nancy Argenziano, and Nathan Skop on the five-member panel.
The PSC is committed to making sure that Florida's consumers receive their electric, natural gas, telephone, water, and wastewater services in a safe, affordable, and reliable manner. The PSC exercises regulatory authority over utilities in the areas of rate base/economic regulation; competitive market oversight; and monitoring of safety, reliability, and service.
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