JEA

JEA's Downtown Jacksonville headquarters
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When JEA's leadership announced the publicly owned utility was looking at selling all or part of its assets,  St. Johns and Nassau counties expressed interest in acquiring JEA's infrastructure there. 

JEA's downtown headquarters building is pictured behind Jacksonville's City Hall.
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Jacksonville City Council President Scott Wilson has created a special three-person committee to investigate every aspect of the now cancelled sale of JEA.

Lawyer: Ousted JEA CEO Aaron Zahn Agreed To Reduced Severance Terms That Expire Friday

Jan 15, 2020
Pictured: Former JEA General Manager & CEO Aaron Zahn
Jacksonville Daily Record

In a letter sent Jan. 13 to the city Office of General Counsel, former JEA CEO and Managing Director Aaron Zahn’s attorney contends that on Dec. 30 Zahn accepted the severance terms presented by JEA’s board of directors on Dec. 17.

JEA Gave No-Bid Job To Lobbyist With Ties To Then-CEO Zahn

Jan 15, 2020
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A lobbyist with business ties to JEA’s then-CEO Aaron Zahn received a no-bid contract in July through a law firm helping the city-owned utility with its now-abandoned efforts to sell itself to a private entity, which was months before the utility directly hired the lobbyist through a competitive bidding process.

Photo of JEA's Downtown Jacksonville headquarters
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At-Large Group 2 City Councilman Ron Salem, who led an inquiry into the aborted push to privatize JEA,  said Tuesday he welcomes a federal investigation into the matter.

State Attorney Says Feds Will Investigate JEA Privatization

Jan 13, 2020
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Federal officials will take the lead on an investigation into the controversial effort to privatize JEA, continuing a probe State Attorney Melissa Nelson’s office began last year, Nelson’s office said in a statement Monday, according to WJCT News partner The Florida Times-Union.

Pictured is JEA interim CEO Melissa Dykes
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JEA interim CEO Melissa Dykes announced Monday she will not seek a permanent appointment to the position.

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Public pressure continues to mount for accountability and a thorough investigation into JEA's senior leadership and the now-halted negotiations to sell the public utility along with a controversial employee bonus plan that would have paid millions to top brass in the event of a sale.

Councilman Dennis Wants To Give Council More Input Over How JEA’s Board Is Appointed

Jan 8, 2020
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Jacksonville District 9 City Councilman Garrett Dennis wants to change how JEA board members are appointed.

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A special JEA board meeting to discuss the specifics of the firing of ousted CEO Aaron Zahn, which had been scheduled for Tuesday, has been indefinitely postponed at the request of the city’s Office of General Counsel.

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JEA’s board of directors has called a special meeting for Tuesday, Jan. 7, to consider how to handle ousted General Manager and CEO Aaron Zahn’s severance package.

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The Jacksonville Civic Council wants State Attorney Melissa Nelson to convene a grand jury to investigate the actions of the JEA board and senior management.

With Zahn Out, JEA Board Says It Will Attempt To Rebuild Public Trust

Dec 18, 2019
Jacksonville Daily Record

The next step in a possible sale of Jacksonville’s city-owned utility is on hold until the end of January.

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The JEA board voted unanimously Tuesday to suspend Managing Director and CEO Aaron Zahn with pay indefinitely while the Office of General Counsel continues its investigation into Zahn.

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As calls grow louder for JEA Managing Director and CEO Aaron Zahn to be fired or resign, the man at the center of the controversy said at a Jacksonville City Council hearing on Monday, “I made an error in judgement.”

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