KISSIMMEE, Fla., July 6, 10:30 am –– Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) chairman Don Shearer resigned Monday in anticipation of a personal move outside Kissimmee city limits. Shearer, a Walt Disney World executive, has served on the board of directors since 1999, including two years as vice chairman and eight months as chairman. The utility’s charter states that four of the five seats on the KUA board require Kissimmee residency. The fifth position is considered an “at-large” position that can be filled by an individual residing in either the city or Osceola County. “I am both honored and thrilled to have served with the current and past board of directors as well as the wonderful staff and employees of KUA,” Shearer said in a prepared letter. “I have gained much more than I was able to give to this wonderful organization.“ Under Shearer’s leadership, the utility implemented a conservation rate which rewards customers who practice energy conservation. He presided over the utility’s introduction of telecommunications services in February, as well as the launch of in-person bill payment services at area 7-Eleven® stores. The board will hold a meeting on July 14 to determine how the vacant position will be filled. 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 providing electric, water, and telecommunication services to 170,000 residents in five Central Florida counties.
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