Joe Mosca to Lead Orange County Power Authority
The Orange County Power Authority is getting a new, temporary CEO. Joe Mosca, who most recently served as OCPA’s chief communications officer, was named to the post this week.
The troubled agency fired CEO Brian Probolsky last month, but he’s still at the helm through the end of May. In addition to serving as interim CEO, Mosca will be given the opportunity to apply for the permanent position.
Mosca previously chaired the San Diego Community Power Board of Directors and worked for San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Gas Company. He has also had a career in elected government, having served as a city councilman in Encinitas and as mayor of Sierra Madre.
“He’s going to be terrific,” said OCPA board chair Fred Jung, who also serves as Fullerton’s mayor. “I wish him great success, so should all members of the public.”
OCPA has been under fire from customers and member cities following several scathing audits, which raised concerns about mismanagement and transparency. One of the reviews found Probolsky had approved contracts without approval from the board. In December, Orange County canceled its contract with the energy provider.
The troubles at OCPA have been a disappointment for Orange County leaders, who had vested hope in the community choice energy model. They hope Mosca can help turn things around.