Charlie Beck possibly to return to PSC legal post

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Charlie Beck, the longtime representative for consumers on utility issues, could be coming out of retirement to serve as interim general counsel of the Florida Public Service Commission.

PSC Chair Art Graham suggested Beck’s appointment, leaving it for commissioners to take up the idea Oct. 22, says a PSC news release.

If Beck returns, he would replace current General Counsel Curt Kiser, expected to retire at the end of the year.

Beck is a 27-year veteran of the state Office of Public Counsel, the agency that represents consumers, until he retired in 2011. He has represented the Office of Public Counsel in customer meetings, federal agency proceedings, and the Florida Supreme Court.

Graham said in a prepared statement, that Beck is “right person, in the right place, at the right time” for his decades of experience representing consumers.

“At this moment in the PSC’s history the public is looking for some reassurance that we’re committed to the consumer’s interest,” said Graham. “Charlie Beck has outstanding credentials in that regard.”

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