IURC chairman is retiring to Florida

Staff Report

INDIANAPOLIS – The head of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission has announced that he is retiring from public service, kicking off a search for his replacement.

Jim Atterholt, chair of the IURC, informed Gov. Eric Holcomb of his decision on Monday and it takes effect Jan. 12.

“Jim has dedicated much of his life to public service and improving the lives of Hoosiers,” Holcomb said in a statement. “I am so happy for him as he begins this new, less hectic chapter in his life—and I’m grateful for his leadership, advice and friendship over the years.” 

Last February, Holcomb appointed Atterholt to lead the IURC, a position he held from 2010 to 2014 when Mitch Daniels was governor. He left that role in 2014 to serve as chief of staff to Gov. Mike Pence. 

Atterholt, 55, said he decided to leave his post because his wife, Brenda, had a job transfer to Fort Myers Beach, Fla.

Before he joined the IURC, Atterholt served as the commissioner of the Indiana Department of Insurance for four years under Daniels. Prior to that he was in the Indiana General Assembly from 1998 to 2002 and also worked for former Republican Rep. Dan Burton.

With Atterholt’s retirement, the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission nominating committee must convene to evaluate candidates and then submit the nominations of three individuals to the governor to fill the vacated Commissioner position.

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