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CU board seeks new member as one terms out

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The governing board for City Utilities of Springfield is calling for applications as one of its members is scheduled to term out.

Jeff Childs, senior adviser at SVN/Rankin Co., has served on the Board of Public Utilities for two consecutive three-year terms, said CU spokesman Joel Alexander. His board seat will become vacant in December. Board members may serve a maximum of two terms, according to city charter.

Childs, who is past chairman of the board, was among Springfield Business Journal’s 2019 class of Men of the Year. The board currently is led by Chairman Joe Reynolds, president of Central States Industrial and Vice Chairwoman Denise Silvey, human resources manager for Paul Mueller Co. (OTC: MUEL).

Applications to succeed Childs are due to Springfield City Clerk Anita Cotter’s office by Oct. 25, according to a news release. Board members are approved by Springfield City Council for three-year terms.

The 11-member Board of Public Utilities sets the long-term vision for the municipal utility, which has some 111,000 customers. The board also is in charge of voting for the successor of CU General Manager Scott Miller, who’s scheduled to retire by year’s end. A successor has not yet been named.

In addition to Childs, Reynolds and Silvey, the board comprises:
• Scott Bratcher of SWBratcher LLC;
• Kristin Carter of Central Trust Co.;
• Mark Millsap of Baird Lightner Millsap PC;
• Rob Rector of Ozarks Technical Community College;
• Lynn Rowe, retired from the Springfield Police Department;
• Nancy Williams of Habitat for Humanity of Springfield;
• Jennifer Wilson of nForm Architecture LLC; and
• Donald Woody of the Law Office of Donald E. Woody.

Springfield City Manager Jason Gage also serves as an ex-officio members, according to CU’s website.

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