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Power Board’s CEO list cut to 10

Madison Mathews • Sep 20, 2012 at 9:02 AM

The Johnson City Power Board’s search committee has completed its evaluation and selection process for the position of president and CEO of the utility.

Power Board member William Coleman Jr. will present the list of 10 finalists, including two internal candidates, to the utility’s board of directors on Tuesday during the regular monthly meeting.

“If 10 is the consensus of this committee and you feel like your work has been straightforward and energetic, then honestly our task is completed,” Coleman said Wednesday after the committee spent much of the morning paring down the list of 42 applicants.

When the application window closed last month, 49 people from across the country applied for the position.

Seven people withdrew their application during the evaluation process.

The committee’s blind search consisted of evaluating each candidate’s planning skills, management skills, interpersonal relations, vision for the utility, practice, education, direction and reliability.

Those eight areas were rated on a scale from one to four, with four being the highest possible rating.

Eight of the 10 finalists received the highest composite scores from committee members.

The other two finalists were offered for possible consideration because of other aspects of their records.

Names of each finalist will be revealed next week when Coleman presents the list to the full board.

The committee decided to give preference to the two internal candidates based on their work and qualifications at the utility.

While the search committee has reviewed each application, board members will have access to all of the applications submitted.

Coleman will recommend steps for the interview process going forward.

Power Board Chairwoman Jenny Brock said the 10 finalists will more than likely be reduced to the top five candidates for the final interview process.

“We need to really discuss the next step, because other board members are going to have to sit down and go through applications and we have to have some time carved out ahead of time so the board members can come in and review applications,” she said.

The search for a new president and CEO of the utility 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.

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