UCNSB General Manager/CEO, William "Ray" Mitchum, Retiring
After serving close to 38 years with the Utilities Commission, City of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, Ray Mitchum, General Manager/CEO, will officially retire on January 31, 2019.
Mr. Mitchum worked his way through the ranks starting as a Maintenance Worker, Lineman, Foreman, Supervisor, Director of Electric Operations, and then General Manager/CEO for the last eight (8) years of his career. During his tenure, one of his legacy leadership directives was servant leadership. Mr. Mitchum believed the Utilities Commission, as a provider of vital life utility services, that each customer deserved respectful, impartial, and high quality customer service from every U.C. employee. Mr. Mitchum also focused on producing and managing (under austere budgetary guidelines) affordable rates, especially through the previous economic downturn period. In addition, he recognized the importance of building necessary operational reserves and the continuance of paying down long-term debt. System sustainability with affordable rates and serving U.C. customers were his executive level priorities. Numerous accomplishments and achievements that occurred under his leadership can be viewed here.
We’d like to thank Mr. Mitchum for his far-reaching and long-standing services to the Utilities Commission and to wish him well at the end of January in his retirement activities (...catching not just fishing!).
Welcome to Incoming General Manager/CEO, Joseph "Joe" Bunch
The Utilities Commissioners selected and hired Joe Bunch to take the helm as the U.C.’s next General Manager/CEO after an extensive process. He will start November 1, 2018. The Commission hired an executive recruitment firm to undertake a nation-wide search through which approximately 60 responses were received from interested candidates. Then, after narrowing down that list to semi-finalists, the top four candidates were interviewed by Commissioners, and two finalists were chosen for public interviews. The Commission's final vote to offer Mr. Bunch the position occurred in July, 2018.
Mr. Bunch has executive level leadership skills in operational leadership, business transformation, relationship management, and process streamlining. He has over 30 years of experience in the electric and gas industry; most recently serving as the Director of Utilities Assessment for Chicago-based Exelon Utilities (parent company of Baltimore Gas & Electric where he worked prior to merging with Exelon). He has had direct oversight of more than $150 million operating budgets and capital improvement budgets of over $400 million annually.
As an added bonus, Mr. Bunch is already familiar with the area. He owns a home in Palm Coast and has family in the Jacksonville, Amelia Island area, where he has vacationed throughout the years. During his public interview, Mr. Bunch explained that rather than working for another large utility, he prefers to live and work in this area. He believes the Utilities Commission has a unique position within this community and he can add value to the utility business and our customers- now and into the future.
Mr. Bunch plans to perform a “360-degree assessment” of the Utilities Commission - its business plan, financials, leadership team, and culture - within the first 60 to 90 days; and then, as necessary, recast the vision and core values to ensure sustainability and improvement in our vital utility services.
Please join us in welcoming Joe Bunch to our community as the newest team member, assisting the Utilities Commission’s long-term industry competiveness.