KISSIMMEE, Fla., October 28, 2016 – The Kissimmee Utility Authority board of directors on Oct. 5 welcomed its newest board member and held its annual election of officers.
Manuel “Manny” Ortega, a career law enforcement professional, took the oath of office to begin a five-year term on the volunteer utility board. He is the third Hispanic to serve on the board.
In the election of officers, Reginald Hardee was reelected chairman of the board. Hardee is technology director for Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise.
The board also reelected Jeanne Van Meter as vice chairman. Kathleen Thacker was elected secretary and Ethel Urbina as assistant secretary.
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 (https://kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility powering 70,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.