INVESTIGATES: JEA top executive resigning from her job

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Action News Jax’s Ben Becker received a statement on Wednesday evening that a top JEA executive is resigning from her job.


She’s part of a group of JEA executives who are set to get big raises this year.

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Laura Dutton is resigning from her position as Chief Strategy Officer. She works for JEA from her home in Tennessee.

Action News Jax told you two weeks ago that Dutton’s salary increased from more than $310,000 in 2023 to close to $384,000 this year. That’s a 23.5 percent increase.

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Her last day and any severance package has not yet been determined.

In a statement Becker received from JEA:

“Chief Strategy Officer Laura Dutton will be resigning from JEA, bringing her three-year tenure with the utility to a close. JEA CEO Jay Stowe praised Dutton’s efforts. “Laura worked very hard to build capacity and solve problems. We appreciate her dedication to our mission and values and wish her the best as she explores opportunities closer to her home.” JEA’s leadership team will assume the responsibility to lead various elements of the Strategy division.”

—  JEA statement

The three other executives who work out of the Jacksonville area are still in their roles.

JEA is asking for rate hikes, but the public utility blames the increase on the cost of buying power from the Plant Vogtle nuclear power plant in Georgia.

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