JEA interim CEO announces she will not pursue permanent position

JEA interim CEO announces she will not pursue permanent position

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — JEA’s interim CEO Melissa Dykes announced Monday that she does not intend to pursue a permanent CEO position.

The utility released the following statement:

Today JEA Interim CEO/Managing Director Melissa Dykes announced in an employee town hall meeting that she has decided not to pursue the position permanently. She plans to continue in an interim role until a new CEO is selected by the board of directors. “This was difficult decision for me, but a necessary step towards ensuring a fresh start for all stakeholders and what is best for JEA,” said Ms. Dykes. “I remain committed to promoting a culture of employee safety, delivering operational excellence and rebuilding trust, while ensuring a smooth transition. This way, there will be no question that all decisions going forward will be with JEA and the community in mind, instead of through the lens of someone applying for a permanent position.” Ms. Dykes also conveyed that removing herself from contention should increase interest from other well--qualified candidates for the position.
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