Matt Jordan, CEO of the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority, is headed to Tampa Bay, Fla., following a unanimous vote of approval from the area’s water utility board this morning.
The board of directors of Tampa Bay Water voted 8-0 to hire Jordan as the utility’s general manager, making him the third person to hold that position since that agency’s creation in 1998.
Jordan will start work July 8 with a salary of $180,000, according to a press release posted on the utility’s website.
Jordan had previously accepted the job when it was offered to him in May, though his hire required approval from the board before it was considered official. Jordan was one of five finalists interviewed from a field of 52 applicants screened.
The hire marks an end to a five-year run for Jordan as the first CEO of the CFPUA, which was formed in 2008 with the merger of the respective utility departments of the City of Wilmington and New Hanover County.
Noting Jordan’s experience with the CFPUA, Tampa Bay Water said in its release: “Mr. Jordan led the consolidation process, including the formation of the new Authority’s ordinances, policies and operational programs. He was also instrumental in creating and implementing efforts that dramatically improved the aging water and wastewater systems CFPUA inherited.”
In an email to the CFPUA board Monday morning, Jordan said his last day with the CFPUA would be June 30.
“I am leaving the Authority feeling a tremendous sense of accomplishment because of the work we were able to do together for the benefit of our customers,” Jordan wrote in the email. “We knew creating an authority was not going to be an easy proposition and we faced many challenges. However, because of the quality work by our staff and the commitment of the Board, we were able to answer those issues and place CFPUA in a position to succeed.
“As the Authority approaches its fifth anniversary, there is little doubt we are delivering on our mission to provide high-quality service in an environmentally responsible manner while maintaining the lowest practicable cost,” he said. “I will always look back on my time here with a tremendous sense of pride and I thank you once again for the opportunity to lead this organization.”
CFPUA Chairman Jim Quinn has said the board would proceed with a search for a replacement once Jordan’s future in Florida was clear.