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JEA Board Interviews CEO Finalists

Jacksonville Daily Record
JEA interim CEO Paul McElroy, JEA Board Chair John Baker and JEA Chief Legal Officer Jody Brooks interview candidate John L. Hairston.

The JEA board of directors heard from three finalists Oct. 27 in its search for the city-owed utility’s next CEO.

WJCT News partner the Jacksonville Daily Record reported n a 4½-hour meeting at the Jacksonville Main Library, the board interviewed: 

• John L. Hairston: Bonneville Power Administration COO in Portland, Oregon.

• Morgan K. O’Brien: Former President and CEO of Peoples Gas in Pittsburgh.

• Jay C. Stowe: CEO and founder of Stowe Utility Group LLC in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He is the former senior vice president of resources and operations support for the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Summaries of the interviews can be found in an expanded version of this story at The expanded story also includes the next steps the board will take to hire a new CEO by November 2.