PUCO Chairman Resigns


COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--The Chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has submitted his resignation to Governor Mike DeWine.

Sam Randazzo is voluntarily resigning, effective immediately. PUCO Vice-Chairman M. Beth Trombold will serve as Chairwoman in the interim.

Randazzo's move comes days after his Columbus home was raided by the FBI. The agency revealed no details of their investigation, and Randazzo was not arrested.

The PUCO regulates Ohio's utility companies, and FirstEnergy is the company behind the bribery and racketeering scandal involving House Bill 6, that was passed to add a surcharge to Ohio's electric bills to keep the state's two nuclear facilities operational. FirstEnergy operates those two facilities.

Among those indicted and charged in the scandal-- former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder. Two others involved in the scheme have pled guilty.