Utilities manager leaving

Published 11:59 pm Monday, March 2, 2009

The Andalusia Utilities Board accepted the resignation of its general manager in a special called meeting Monday afternoon.

The board’s general manager, Jerry Williams, notified board members of his resignation in an e-mail Monday morning. He is leaving to accept a job as manager of Lamar Electric Cooperative in Paris, Texas.

In accepting his resignation, the board asked for a formal written report of ongoing utilities board projects, chief among them the automated meter reading project.

Williams, who offered to remain on the job in Andalusia for up to 30 days said, “You’ll never have enough time, even in 30 days, to go over everything.”

Williams said there were “lots of things being worked on” and decisions to be made about “technical issues.”

Mayor Earl Johnson, who serves as board chairman, first asked for a report by the end of this week, to be reviewed in a special called meeting next week, and board members agreed to a two-week notice.

But board members Ricky Jones and Ashton Wells were hesitant. At their urging, the board agreed to a 30-day notice.

Wells said, he’d “feel better” if Williams had 30 days to continue working on current projects.

The board will review Williams’ report in a special called meeting set for 4 p.m. Thurs., March 12.

According to its Web site, Lamar Electric Cooperative has 9,000 members with 11,365 meters.