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After over eight years of serving as General Manager of City Utilities, John Twitty announced his retirement at age 57. Now a search committee to find his replacement has been formed and will have its first meeting next week. KSMU’s Adam Hammons reports.
Before the search committee can find a new general manager, they’ll have to lay the groundwork of what’s to come.
Joel Alexander is a spokesperson for City Utilities. He says the date of the first meeting has not been set, but it will be next week.
“Really what the purpose of this first meeting is, is just to set up some parameters of timeline. I don’t think there will really be any major decisions made in this first meeting. This is really the first time this group has gotten together to discuss exactly what is going to take place.”
Alexander says they’ll be looking at times for public input and all other aspects of moving forward with hiring a new GM.
There are six members on the committee. It is made up of four people from the executive committee of the Board of Public Utilities, along with two people who previously served as Chair of the Board. The search committee includes Patrick Platter, Tom Rankin, Mike Peters, Tom Finnie, Lisa Officer, and Mark McNay.
Alexander says the retirement of John Twitty has come as a surprise to some. He gave these reasons for the leave.
“It’s just a good time he feels to move on with his life, to take whatever that next step might be. Also for the utility and the community while we’re on kind of a down time of projects to move forward again.”
Alexander says the search could take several months. Twitty officially retires in June.
For KSMU News, I’m Adam Hammons.