The Fayetteville Public Works Commission is seeking their next Chief Executive Officer/General Manager (CEO/GM). The CEO/GM reports to the Commissioners and supervises over 600 personnel with direct reports that include Officers managing electric operations, water and wastewater operations, finance, information technology, human resources, communications and community relations, legal, corporate services, customer programs, and an Executive Assistant. The CEO/GM engages deeply in providing long- and short-term vision for the organization and is a visible and active member of the Fayetteville community.
The successful applicant will bring a strong knowledge of the shifting and evolving regulatory and technological challenges that lie ahead for the industry as well as the ability to lead the organization and its stakeholders successfully into the future. The successful applicant will have also demonstrated their commitment to excellence in customer service and transparency in operations.
While the governing body expects outside-the-box thinking, candidates should bring a prudent and inclusive approach to related decision making and experience and success with modern technological, financial, and operational utility initiatives.
Candidates should bring a proven track record in leading organizations to engage proactively with communities and utility stakeholders and assisting to lead those entities to rally behind a common set of goals. Candidates should also bring a tendency to focus their external affairs efforts more locally but not ignore the value of networking and leadership at state, regional, and national levels.
Candidates who offer substantive experience in the areas of electric and/or water complemented by finance and resource management are desired and those with multi-service utility experience may have an advantage. Additional desires include experience with modern rate formulas, leadership of sustainability initiatives, a successful track record of exemplary safety leadership, and experience leading succession planning initiatives. The fundamentals of strong business acumen and political, business and people savvy are absolute requirements.
The Fayetteville Public Works Commission, as with many utilities, is entering a period of challenge in balancing its financial condition with the need to provide capital investment, particularly with its water and wastewater resources and its power generating facility. Candidates who have successfully ushered a utility organization through significant capital investment are desired.