The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority board has selected Jim Flechtner as its next executive director.
Flechtner, the authority’s chief operations officer, has been serving as interim director since the departure of Matt Jordan, who resigned as the authority’s first CEO this summer.
At the authority board’s regular meeting Wednesday, Chairman Jim Quinn said Flechtner stood out as the best candidate for the job among a nationwide search.
Noting another candidate who was interviewed for the job, Quinn remarked: “The other candidate was excellent, and then our guy stood up, and it was like, ‘He’s the best guy.’ We all saw that.”
The board hired a consultant with Springsted Inc. to help with recruitment and selection of candidates. Fifty-three applied for the job, including Flechtner, whose intention was announced by Quinn in a meeting before the position was advertised this fall.
At the close of Wednesday’s meeting, the board convened in closed session to discuss terms of Flechtner’s contract. A salary amount or range had not been set prior to the board offering Flechtner the job.
A graduate of UNC-Charlotte with a master’s in business administration from UNCW, Flechtner moved to Wilmington from Virginia Beach, Va., joining the city in 1994 and working in the utilities department when the CFPUA was formed in 2008.
Flechtner said he was pleased that the board “has confidence not just in me but also in the staff in this organization.”
“I look forward to my new role, look forward to the new year, and I’m very excited about where we’re headed with this organization,” Flechtner said. “I think we have a great future, I think we have a great staff and a great board, and I’m very much looking forward to working with this board and our community as we go into the future.”