KISSIMMEE, Fla., June 4, 2008 – At a meeting of the Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) board of directors held Wednesday, the board interviewed four applicants and selected Dr. George Gant to complete the unfinished term of former utility chairman William C. “Bill” Hart, who died unexpectedly on May 9.
Gant’s name will go before the Kissimmee City Commission on June 10 for final confirmation. If confirmed, he will be sworn in at the utility board’s June 11 budget review meeting. His term would expire on September 30, 2011.
Gant is the former mayor of Kissimmee and retired medical director of the Osceola County Health Department. He holds a doctor of medicine degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine, and is a 48-year resident of Kissimmee.
The utility’s 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 (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 170,000 residents in five Central Florida counties.
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Chris M. Gent