INDIANAPOLIS - The chairman of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission has announced plans to retire from public service. Jim Atterholt, who was appointed chairman by Governor Eric Holcomb in February, will step down January 2.

Atterholt originally served as IURC chairman from 2010 to 2014 after being appointed by then-Governor Mitch Daniels. He left the position to become chief of staff to Governor Mike Pence from 2014 through 2016.

Prior to joining the IURC, Atterholt served as commissioner of the Indiana Department of Insurance under Daniels and served two terms in the Indiana House of Representatives from 1998 to 2002.

"After 30 years of public service, it is with mixed emotions that I respectfully announce my retirement," Atterholt said in a statement Monday. "I am so very grateful to Governor Holcomb for the opportunity to serve as Chairman of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission. My bride of 31 years, Brenda, has an opportunity to transfer her job to Fort Myers Beach, Florida, and we are looking forward to life at a slower pace."

The IURC Nominating Committee will convene to evaluate candidates to succeed Atterholt. The committee will nominate three individuals for the vacated position, with Holcomb making the final appointment.