Published: Sep 21, 2010 5:54 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 21, 2010 2:54 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Gov. Charlie Crist has named a Tampa lawyer and a West Palm Beach city official as Florida utility regulators.

Crist on Tuesday announced the appointments of attorney Julie Brown and Eduardo Balbis, an assistant city administrator, to the Public Service Commission.

Balbis will be the five-member commission's only Hispanic member when he and Brown take office in January. Crist recently appointed two black members to what had been an all-white commission earlier this year.

Brown and Balbis replace Chairwoman Nancy Argenziano and Commissioner Nathan Skop. A nominating panel had refused to consider them for reappointment after they voted against major rate increases for Florida's two biggest power companies.