ECUA Selects Next Executive Director

February 9, 2020

The Emerald Coast Utilities Authority has selected J. Bruce Woody to be the agency’s next executive director.

Woody has been city manager since 2011 in St. Joseph, Missouri, a town of 76,000 people with a $234 million annual budget. His other work experience includes assistant director of public works in St. Joseph,  engineer in Olathe, Kansas, and assistant city engineer in Kansas City, Kansas.

He has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a M.A. in public administration.

“Good governance of a utility requires regular and honest communication between the Board, the Executive Director, regulators, the district’s customers, and its employees,” Woody said in an introdctory statement on his resume. “Of equal concern are developing relationships with large industry, neighboring property owners and developing strong community partnerships and intergovernmental relationships with its member political jurisdictions. Good relationships are powerful tools to get things accomplished, especially community-wide goals and long-term initiatives.”

ECUA must next come to terms on an employment contract with Woody. That’s expected to take about two weeks, possibly in time for the ECUA board’s next regular meeting on February 25.

The salary range for the position is $160,000 to $225,000 annually.


10 Responses to “ECUA Selects Next Executive Director”

  1. Sarah Hochschwender on February 14th, 2020 6:19 am

    I’m a Tampa transplant to the beautiful historic city of St Joseph, Mo. I know Woody to be a man of great integrity.

  2. Anne on February 10th, 2020 6:20 pm

    Hoping “New Blood” will bring better communications and public relations between the taxpaying customers and the board.

    Heard Yadda-Yadda about Term Limits on School Board Members — don’t really agree with that, feel too much State influence on Local Governing by WE the People.

    Term Limits for the ECUA — Not THAT is something that would have Our Support as some are making this taxpayer payroll into a lifetime position.

    Best Wishes, Mr. Woody and God Bless you.

  3. Klondike Kid on February 10th, 2020 8:08 am

    They love them some outlanders around here. Will be the same with the school superintendent.

  4. Good Ol' Boy on February 10th, 2020 8:04 am

    I am glad they went outside of the “Good ol’ Boy network and bought in some fresh, young and educated manager/director. Maybe you can shake up this utility and get it back to customer first, respectable values and getting the paying customers bang for the buck. Observation: Reevaluate who and why company vehicles are driven home. Conduct a study and see that the cost vs. the need is. You will probably discover massive savings to the customer… Thank you and good luck sir.

  5. Paying Customer on February 10th, 2020 7:56 am

    Mr. Woody; Boy….… Do you have your work cut out for you… Work on your employee’s customer respect and adhering to company policies first and your job will be easier.

  6. nod on February 9th, 2020 11:28 pm

    Again the local talent is just not good enough,!!! Too bad because I am sure we have qualified people here.

  7. Randy on February 9th, 2020 9:11 pm

    They didn’t want this guy in the 2nd go round of interviews and now he is good for ECUA? How about we ask why St Joseph Missouri had a closed meeting to decide to suspend him last year? “Saint Joseph’s City Council will decide Tuesday night – in a closed session – whether to renew City Manager Bruce Woody’s contract. Tuning Fork believes the decision is easy. No.” Hmmm

  8. Howie on February 9th, 2020 1:11 pm

    I’m glad ECUA filled the position, but not with $160,00 of our money. If I have any issues with ECUA and their services, I will be contacting Woody so he can earn his pay.

    He will soon learn how sorry their garbage and recycle pickup service is. Some weeks you have it picked up on time and some weeks a day later and your can crushed by large trucks.

  9. J.Larry Seale on February 9th, 2020 11:13 am

    Well that is real nice……….but
    paying someone that amount of money,
    who really want earn it is nice……
    BUT, get ready for another rate increase
    to pay that much money…………..

  10. Thomas on February 9th, 2020 8:56 am

    I am so glad they finally filled this position. LOL I know someone thought they were going to get this position I think Mr. Underhill put a stop to it.

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