ECUA Elects Benson As Chair, Stephens As Vice Chair

November 19, 2022

The Emerald Coast Utilities Authority held its organizational board meeting this week.

District 2 member Lois Benson was reelected as board chair, and District 5 member Kevin Stephens was reelected as vice chair.

Vicki Campbell of District 1 was reelected as chair of the ECUA Citizens’ Advisory Committee CAC, and Larry Williams, Sr., was reelected as vice-chair.

The board also reappointed members of the CAC as follows:

  • Mr. Carl Punyko – District 1
  • Dean Kirschner – District 2
  • Louis Brown, III – District 3
  • Larry Walker, Ph.D. – District 4
  • David Gaines – District 5
  • Imelda Cromartie – at large
  • Louise Ritz, at large

The ECUA board also set meetings for the 2023 calendar for the typical 3 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month.

Pictured: ECUA board attorney Robert Beasley (center), administers the oath of office to Lois Benson (right) as member Kevin Stephens (left) looks on. image, click to enlarge.


7 Responses to “ECUA Elects Benson As Chair, Stephens As Vice Chair”

  1. Dr. G on November 21st, 2022 10:20 pm

    Ditto to all of the above.

  2. Mangler on November 19th, 2022 6:58 pm

    “And the meter goes ’round and ’round! Whoah-oh-oh! Whoah-oh-oh!”

    It seems like nothing ever changes. After working as an I&E Technician at ECUA for 15 years, I left the area for a better opportunity in 2012. Most of the key people calling the shots when I left are STILL running the show. This is totally ridiculous.

    The ECUA board is elected to oversee a state-run utility that serves YOUR community. Why do y’all keep voting for these professional politicians as opposed to concerned citizens? Start barking at your State Representatives to bring about changes on how YOU want YOUR utility run.

  3. Tobin Faciane on November 19th, 2022 5:49 pm

    It is time for term limits at ECUA too. Gov. DeSantis needs to make that happen. ECUA is just as bad about raising rates as FPL has done.

  4. Wayne on November 19th, 2022 5:36 pm

    I guess it would against some law for the citizens to vote in and out .
    This now is like the fox voting in which hens and roosters that would play the game.

  5. RW on November 19th, 2022 5:06 pm


  6. Willis on November 19th, 2022 9:14 am

    It’s a shame that vicki campbell was reelected.
    Really that any of them would ever be.

  7. RaD on November 19th, 2022 8:58 am

    Sounds like the Status Quo is still in effect. The famous definition of Insanity (doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results) must apply to the ECUA. That being said and considering what inflation has been running, expect a 10% increase in all utilities sometime this coming year.

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