The Johnson City Power Board’s search committee will begin the vetting and selection process as it evaluates more than 40 people who have applied for the position of president and CEO of the utility.
When the application window closed last month, 49 people from across the country applied.
Since then, six have withdrawn their application, narrowing the list of candidates down to 43, according to Power Board member William Coleman Jr.
The blind search consists of the search committee evaluating each candidate’s planning skills, management skills, interpersonal relations, vision for the utility, practice, education, direction and reliability.
Those eight areas will be rated on a scale from one to four, with four being the highest possible rating.
Coleman asked the committee to go through the list of applicants, rate them on the number scale, add comments about each candidate’s strengths and rank their top 10 by Tuesday.
The committee will meet the following day to begin its selection process.
That process will continue until the committee narrows the list down to eight candidates, which will then be presented to the Power Board’s board of the directors.
Coleman said he expects the list to be presented to the board in October.
The search for a new president and CEO comes after the resignation of Homer G’Fellers, who served with the utility for 38 years. Brent Kitzmiller, the utility’s chief financial officer, has been serving as interim president and CEO since July 1.
G’Fellers was appointed to the Power Board board of directors by the Jonesborough Board of Mayor and Aldermen on Aug. 13, immediately following his appointment to serve out the remaining two-year term of former Jonesborough Alderman Mary Gearhart.
The following week, members of the Power Board board of directors expressed concern about G’Fellers’ appointment to their ranks, including the impact he might have on their search for a new CEO and changes in policies that could result from four findings that involved G’Fellers listed in a preliminary audit report of the utility.
On Monday, G’Fellers announced his resignation from his appointment as the town’s representative at the utility, citing a conflicting request from Power Board Chairwoman Jenny Brock for him to serve as an advisor to the new CEO.
“He stepped right in there. His strength is really more of an advisor for our new CEO coming in, and he was willing to step up and do that. It all ended in a way that’s best for the Power Board,” Brock said.
Brock said G’Fellers will be available to the new CEO on an “as needed” basis, given his long and successful career with the utility.
Jonesborough Mayor Kelly Wolfe will instead serve in G’Fellers’ place on the Power Board’s board of directors for two years.