CFPUA picks interim chief as Executive Director

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority Board has selected Jim Flechtner to become CFPUA's new Executive Director.

Flechtner was chosen in a unanimous vote of the board after it received 53 applications for the job. He had been serving as interim Executive Director since Matt Jordan retired in July.

Flechtner's selection is contingent on the results of the negotiation of a final contract. The CFPUA Board has not yet set the salary for the position.

"I am honored that the Board would entrust me with the responsibility of directing the Authority," Flechtner in a news release. "A clear blueprint for success is being carried out by the hard-working people of CFPUA and its benefits to the communities we serve are becoming evident every day. My goal is to build upon their efforts and help CFPUA achieve even greater heights in the coming years."

Flechtner has worked for CFPUA since its inception in 2008. He came to CFPUA from the City of Wilmington, where he managed many large capital improvement projects involving streets, drainage, utilities and other public infrastructure. Before taking on the Interim Executive Director role, Flechtner served as CFPUA's Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operations Officer and was heavily involved with the Authority's strategic planning and associated long-term capital improvement budgeting.

Flechtner holds an undergraduate degree from University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Master of Business Administration degree from University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He is also a licensed Professional Engineer and a member of American Society of Civil Engineers.

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A hard working and dedicated professional exectutive. It was not given, it was earned, and Mr. Flechtner's choice makes sense since he has tackled some of the Authority's most challenging problems and made it look easy.

My water bill is still too darn high. Fix that.