JEA Board Names Vickie Cavey Interim Managing Director and CEO


JACKSONVILLE – The JEA board of directors accepted the resignation of Managing Director and CEO Jay Stowe at a special board meeting today.

“By far, the most important achievement in my time here was rebuilding the trust between the leadership and the workforce and the trust of JEA within the community,” Stowe said.

The board then voted to appoint board adviser and JEA retiree Vickie Cavey as interim managing director and CEO.

Cavey is a 32-year veteran of JEA with deep knowledge of JEA operations and strong ties to the Jacksonville community. She returned to JEA on March 26 in a temporary role as liaison to the board.

“I am very honored and humbled. Thank you for your confidence in me,” Cavey said after the board’s vote. She then paid tribute to JEA’s 2,200-plus employees. “The employees at JEA persevere no matter what. We've always for decades time and time again.”

“As a community-owned utility, our customers are at the core of our mission. I will work with the leadership team to continue with JEA’s focus on providing reliable utility services at reasonable rates. I also will continue to assess JEA’s operations to ensure we are best prepared to meet the challenges ahead and are good stewards of financial resources.”

Cavey retired from JEA in 2016, then returned as special assistant for external affairs to interim CEO Paul McElroy in May 2020. She then assisted McElroy’s successor, Stowe, as board liaison from November 2020 through January 2021. She began her JEA career in 1984 as a mechanical engineer in the power engineering division, one of JEA’s first female engineers. She then advanced to managerial roles in commercial key accounts and special projects prior to director roles overseeing strategic partnerships/acquisitions and strategy development and execution.

Cavey earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Florida. She has a long history of involvement in the local nonprofit community, in which she currently serves as an advisory board member for the Stellar Academy of Engineering at Nease High School. She also is past president and board member of the Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach Foundation. Her volunteer service in local nonprofits spans decades, including United Way, BEAM, PACE Center for Girls.

Cavey assumes her new role effective today. Stowe will remain employed by JEA as an on-call consultant through Aug. 15, 2024.




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JEA is a not-for-profit, community-owned utility that provides safe, reliable and affordable services to more than one million residents across four Northeast Florida counties. JEA is not owned by investors. It was created by the City of Jacksonville to meet the electricity and water needs of those who live in Jacksonville and surrounding communities. JEA’s 2,200+ workforce is dedicated to ensuring the demands of its customers are met, both today and for generations to come, while protecting our precious natural resources and supporting our region’s growth and economic development.

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