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CU's Top Executive, John Twitty, Announces Retirement

City Utilities of Springfield’s top executive has announced he is retiring in June of 2011. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore has details.

CU General Manager John Twitty made the announcement Friday morning at a press conference.

“I can tell you that it’s not easy to make this kind of decision. The people of City Utilities have done such a remarkable job of taking care of customers for 65 years now. And, as I say, I’ll be here almost 20 years when I leave in June,” Twitty said.

Twitty has been in the position of general manager at CU for the past eight years.He said his main reason for deciding to retire now was because he always wanted to leave during a time of positive contributions.

His announcement comes on the heels of the opening of CU’s Southwest Power Station Unit 2.

The chairman of the board for City Utilities, Patrick Platter, said the first step in finding a new general manager will be to form a search committee.The public utility estimates is has 110,000 customers in southwest Missouri.

For KSMU News, I'm Jennifer Moore.