KISSIMMEE, Fla., October 7, 2011 – At a meeting of the Kissimmee Utility Authority board of directors held Wednesday, the board interviewed 11 applicants and selected Jeanne Van Meter to complete an unfinished term on the board left open by the resignation (and subsequent death) of vice chairman James R. “Jim” Kasper.
Van Meter’s name will go before the Kissimmee City Commission on Oct. 18 for confirmation. If confirmed, she will be sworn in at the board’s November 2 meeting and serve until Sept. 30, 2014.
Van Meter is a 38-year resident of Kissimmee and a realtor. She is a former Kissimmee City Commissioner, and previously served on the boards of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, Valencia College and the Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber of Commerce. In addition, she’s a former chair of Goodwill Industries of Central Florida and Help Now of Osceola.
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 providing electric and telecommunication services to 64,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.
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Chris M. Gent