KISSIMMEE, Fla., January 8, 2015 – During its regular monthly meeting held Wednesday, Kissimmee Utility Authority swore in its newest board member and held its annual election of officers.
Retired realtor Jeanne Van Meter, a former Kissimmee city commissioner and 41-year resident of Osceola County, took the oath of office to begin a new five-year term on the volunteer utility board. She was first appointed to the board in 2011 to complete a partial term left open by the resignation and subsequent death of director Jim Kasper. Her new term will expire on Sept. 30, 2019.
In the election of officers, Reginald Hardee was reelected chairman of the board. Hardee is technology director for Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise and brings over 20 years of strategic planning and budgeting experience to the board position.
In addition, the board reelected:
Vice Chairman: Jeanne Van Meter
Secretary: Dr. George Gant
Assistant Secretary: Kathleen Thacker
Director: Ethel Urbina
The utility’s five-member board of directors sets policy direction for the utility. Specifically, the board approves annual budgets, sets rates and approves major purchases. The board also directs a general manager who is responsible for day-to-day operations of the utility.
Founded in 1901, KUA (http://kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility powering 67,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.
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Contact: Chris Gent