In hearings and investigations that took place after the storm, the board was faulted for being unaware that BWL's "outage management system" hadn't worked for months. They were also criticized for their lack of background and experience in utilities and utility management. A state commission recommended that future commissioners have such knowledge and experience.
Some members of the committee said they wanted to move in a new direction and get some fresh ideas.
There are only eight members of the board. Six of them were nominated, but they failed to either gain enough support - or, in some cases, the committee didn't vote because no one would second the nomination. A seventh commissioner, Sandra Zerkle, is the current chair of the board. She was not nominated for either position.
Among the commissioners who got shot down: current Vice Chair Dennis Louney, who came to the committee meeting to volunteer for the job.
The full board is scheduled to vote on the nominations at its meeting next month.