KISSIMMEE, Fla., September 19, 9:00
am – Larry W. Walter, a Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) board member for nine years, will
preside over his last utility board meeting next Wednesday, September 24.
Walter joined the volunteer board in February 1994, filling the remainder of a five-year
term left vacant by the resignation of local developer Wayne Schoolfield. Walter was elected
vice chairman in October of that year. In 1998, he was appointed to a second term and
elected board chairman. Walter leaves his post this month because of established term limits
at the utility.
“Larry has played a critical role on our board during an exceptional period in KUA’s
history,” said Jim Welsh, the utility’s president and general manager. “His insight and
guidance have been invaluable.”
Under Walter’s leadership, the utility constructed a $136 million generating unit at its
1,076-acre Cane Island power plant as well as a $14 million electric substation in
Buenaventura Lakes. He presided over the launch of the utility’s Internet subsidiary,
KUA.net, as well as the dedication of a restored steam whistle and painted mural at KUA’s
Roy E. Hansel power plant in downtown Kissimmee.
The vacated space on the board will be filled by Fred H. Cumbie, Jr., president of the law
firm Overstreet Miles Ritch & Cumbie, P.A. Cumbie will be sworn in at the board’s October 22
meeting and serve until September 30, 2008. An election of officers will also take place at
the October meeting.
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 is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility serving 61,000
electric, water and Internet customers in five Central Florida counties.
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Contact: Chris Gent, Manager of Corporate Communications
(407) 933-7777 ext. 1116