A high-ranking official at the California agency that regulates utility companies including PG&E claims she's being forced out of her job for seeking to recover $200 million in fees that the agency did not collect over nearly 20 years.
Alice Stebbins, executive director of the California Public Utilities Commission, said in a letter to the five commissioners who govern the agency that she was being retaliated against for trying to "clean up a broken CPUC," the San Francisco Chronicle reported Wednesday.
Stebbins is the top administrative official at the commission, which regulates businesses that provide electricity, gas, water, phone and transportation services in California.
She said she was placed on administrative leave and told by CPUC President Marybel Batjer she may be ousted because of ethical concerns over several hires that she allowed.
The commissioners were expected to consider Stebbins' dismissal at a meeting Thursday, her attorney Karl Olson said.
The letter by Olson acknowledged a state report that was critical of "a half-dozen hires" among hundreds of state government employees hired during her tenure. But it contends her pursuit of the unpaid fees play a bigger role in the matter.