Three Residents Apply for Utility Board

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., April 30, 2010 – Three residents have submitted applications to fill a vacancy on the Kissimmee Utility Authority board of directors. The deadline for completed applications was 5 p.m. today.

The outgoing director, Nancy Gemskie, has served two terms on the board and is not 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:

– William C. “Nick” Nichols, 1920 N. Easy St., is a licensed real estate broker and manager at Goodwin Realty. He is the former president of the Osceola County Association of Realtors and former vice president of the Florida Association of Realtors. Nichols is a 17-year resident of Kissimmee.

– William C. Shupe, Jr., 4386 Creekside Blvd., is a retired construction project manager. A former Navy machinist, Shupe has been a Kissimmee resident for 15 years. He currently owns a restaurant/tavern in New Jersey.

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

The KUA board will interview applicants at a special meeting at 3:30 p.m. on May 12. The board will then select one applicant whose name will go before the Kissimmee City Commission on May 18 for confirmation. The candidate confirmed by the city commission will be sworn in at the utility 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