Three Apply for Utility Board

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., May 1, 2009 – Three individuals have submitted applications to fill a vacancy on the Kissimmee Utility Authority board of directors. The deadline for completed applications was 5 p.m. on May 1.

The five-year term of director Jim Kasper expires on Sept. 30, 2009, leaving the open seat. Kasper is eligible for renomination.

Applicants must be current residents of the city of Kissimmee and should demonstrate a successful business or professional management career.

The applicants are:

– Beulah Farquharson, 333 Blue Bayou Dr., is a business owner specializing in real estate, taxes and pre-owned car sales. She holds a diploma from the New York School of Printing. Farquharson is a 19-year resident of Osceola County and currently serves as president of the Buenaventura Lakes Community Association.

– Jim Kasper, 303 Drury Ave., is a real estate broker and owner of Kasper Real Estate in Orlando. He holds a degree from Orlando Junior College. Kasper is a 45-year resident of Kissimmee and previously served on the City of Kissimmee Parks and Recreation Board and Osceola County’s Development Board.

– Kathleen Thacker, 225 Lind Ave., is a retired school psychologist from Orange County Public Schools. She holds degrees from Florida State University and Western Carolina University. Thacker is a six-year resident of Kissimmee and a graduate of the Kissimmee School of Government.

The KUA board will interview applicants at a special meeting at 4:00 p.m. on May 13. The board will then select one applicant whose name will go before the Kissimmee City Commission on May 19 for final confirmation. The candidate confirmed by the city commission will be sworn in at the board’s October meeting.

Founded in 1901, KUA ( is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 62,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.

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Chris M. Gent
(407) 933-9836