State Representative David Ober (R-82) will fill the vacant spot on the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission. Ober, who will resign from his position in the Indiana House of Representatives, succeeds Jim Atterholt, who retired in January.
Governor Eric Holcomb selected Ober from a list of three nominees that also included IURC Executive Director of External Affairs Stefanie Krevda and Indiana Office of Energy Development Director Tristan Vance. Ober will fill the remainder of Atterholt’s term, which expires January 31, 2020.
During his time as a legislator, Ober has chaired the House Utilities, Energy and Telecommunications Committee. In a news release Monday, Holcomb said he believes Ober will be "an excellent addition to this important group."
The governor also appointed Jim Huston to serve as chairman of the IURC, a position also held by Atterholt. Huston, who was appointed to the IURC in 2014 by then-Governor Mike Pence and reappointed by Holcomb in 2017, has served in the role on an interim basis since Atterholt’s retirement.
"Jim has a great deal of knowledge and expertise in utility regulation and a track record for successful leadership," said Holcomb. "He will be a strong chairman for the IURC well into its future."
Holcomb’s office says the IURC will soon begin accepting applications to fill another upcoming vacancy. Commissioner Angela Weber’s term is set to expire April 1, though she will continue to serve as a commissioner until a successor is appointed.