Governor Eric Holcomb has appointed David Veleta to fill a vacancy on the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission. Veleta has been with the commission for 13 years, most recently serving as a senior administrative law judge.
Veleta succeeds David Ober, who resigned from the commission in June after being named vice president of taxation and public finance for the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.
Prior to joining the IURC, Veleta served as a deputy prosecutor in the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office.
“David is well-respected in the utility industry, by the IURC Commissioners and staff members,” Holcomb said in written remarks. “He has a solid understanding of the complex industry as it relates to assessing affordability and exploring current and future generation. He will be an asset to Indiana’s utility regulation.”
A nominating committee comprised of four legislative and three gubernatorial screened the applicants and conducted interviews in July.
Veleta was one of seven applicants, including former Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, for the vacant spot on the five-member commission. Holcomb’s office says two applicants withdrew from consideration, and the nominating committee unanimously recommended three candidates to the governor.
Veleta’s term will end on January 31, 2024.
Editor’s Note: David Veleta is the husband of Inside INdiana Business Reporter Kylie Veleta.