City Council appoints Ricardo “Rick” Morales to JEA’s Board of Directors

Morales fills a vacancy left by the late Dr. Leon Haley Jr., who died in an accident on July 24.

JACKSONVILLE — Ricardo “Rick” Morales III, president and chief operating officer of Morales Construction Co. Inc., has joined the JEA board of directors.

Morales fills a vacancy left by the late Dr. Leon Haley Jr., who died in an accident on July 24. Haley, who was CEO of UF Health Jacksonville, had served on the JEA board since April 2020.

Morales’ appointment was approved by Jacksonville City Council at its Sept. 28 meeting.

“We are pleased that Rick Morales is joining JEA’s board,” said JEA Managing Director & CEO Jay Stowe. “He brings a new perspective to our board and his long history as a leader in the Jacksonville community will allow us to continue on the path of becoming the best utility in the nation. We look forward to working with Mr. Morales as we serve Northeast Florida customers.”

Morales leads operations at Morales Construction, a design/build general contracting company specializing in estate custom homes in Northeast Florida. 

Morales started his career as an estimator for Atlantic Constructors, a division of Patterson Enterprises, in 1985. In 1987, he joined Morales Construction Co., becoming president of the company eight years later, according to JEA.

The utility says Morales is active in numerous business and charitable organizations. He was appointed to the Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission by Gov. Jeb Bush in 2001 and 2007, then reappointed by Gov. Rick Scott in 2013, served as chairman from 2013 to 2015. Morales is a board member, PAC chairman and previous board president of the Northeast Florida Builders Association and is a director and past chairman of the President’s Council for the Florida Home Builders Association.

Morales is a graduate of The Bolles School in Jacksonville and Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where he received a bachelor’s degree in finance.

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