JEA Board to Interview Final CEO Candidates at October 27 Meeting


Jacksonville, FL - The JEA board of directors will host its first in-person meeting since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 8:30 a.m. The meeting will be held at the Jacksonville Public Library Main Branch, 303 North Laura Street in downtown Jacksonville.

In addition to standard business, board members will use this opportunity to interview three finalists for the utility’s Managing Director and CEO position. The finalists are: 

  • John Lewis Hairston: Chief Operating Officer, Bonneville Power Administration, located in Portland, Oregon
  • Morgan K. O’Brien: Former Chief Executive Officer and President, Peoples Gas, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Jay C. Stowe: Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Stowe Utility Group LLC, located in Chattanooga, Tennessee; former Senior Vice President of Resources and Operations Support for the Tennessee Valley Authority

Space will be limited to approximately 70 attendees at the library, and JEA will follow COVID safety measures, including temperature checks upon entry, for all attendees. 

JEA also will stream the meeting live at and on JEA’s Facebook page ( Members of the public who wish to offer public comments but not attend in person may do so live through Webex ( The meeting number (access code) is 172 088 6263, and the meeting password is B0@rdM33t1ng!

JEA CEO Search Timeline

July 20: Position posted 
Aug. 31: Posting expired 
Sept. 7: Resumes and recommendations presented to the search committee
Sept. 14: Semifinalists selected
Sept. 28 - Oct. 2: Search committee interviews 
Oct. 5: Deadline for finalists selected for JEA board interviews 
Oct. 12-16: Board interviews 
Oct. 27: Board will interview three finalists 
Oct. 30: CEO named and contract negotiations completed

About JEA

JEA is a not-for-profit, community-owned utility located in Jacksonville, Florida, proudly serving an estimated 478,000 electric, 357,000 water, 279,000 sewer customers and 15,000 reclaimed water customers. JEA is not owned by investors. It was created by the City of Jacksonville to serve those who live in Jacksonville and in the surrounding communities. The sole purpose of JEA’s business is to ensure the electric, water and sewer demands of its customers are met, both today and for generations to come with the goal to provide reliable services at the best value to our customers while ensuring our areas’ precious natural resources are protected.

Media Contact

Simone Garvey-Ewan
JEA External Communications
(904) 665-5500


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