Contact: Mike McGill
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wilmington, NC – July 9, 2014: The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority (CFPUA) is pleased to announce that Patricia (Pat) Kusek has been elected to serve as the new Chair of the Authority. Jointly appointed by the City of Wilmington and New Hanover County in 2011, Kusek was selected by the CFPUA Board’s Nominating Committee last month and elected to the Chair’s role during this morning’s monthly Board meeting. Her term lasts for one year with the ability to serve two additional one-year terms. Kusek succeeds Jim Quinn, who was elected Vice Chair.
“It has been a pleasure to serve on this board for the past three years, to get to know the business of the Authority and the fine team of people who make sure our water and sewer systems are top notch for our customers,” said Kusek. “I am excited to step into this leadership position and to serve our customers and employees well. We have a hard-working board that is dedicated to helping our employees succeed in their jobs while keeping our services safe and reliable.”
Kusek spoke of her priorities for the Authority. “CFPUA plays an essential role in our community; the Authority’s work is directly tied to our overall quality of life,” said Kusek. “My goal is to help the organization move to the next level through comprehensive, long-range planning for the future.”
Since her appointment, Kusek has served on several major Board committees, including Executive, Finance and Human Resources. She founded the Kusek Financial Group in 2003, a financial consulting services firm based in Wilmington, and holds several finance-related professional licenses. Prior to starting her firm, Kusek served in a variety of leadership roles in account and community relations management for Duke Energy.
Kusek is an active participant in the community as a member of the Cape Fear Rotary Club. She has served in several past volunteer roles during her time in Wilmington, including as a trustee of the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation and a member of the Executive Advisory Board for UNCW’’s Cameron School of Business.
Incoming Vice Chair Jim Quinn has served as a member of the CFPUA since its inception in 2007. Appointed by the City of Wilmington, he served as CFPUA Chair for the last three years and has a distinguished career in public service, serving on the Wilmington City Council from 1998 to 2009.
Speaking of Kusek, Quinn said, “Pat is a natural leader. She came to the Authority as a joint city-county appointee and it’s no small feat to gain the confidence of both governments. She’s an excellent choice to help the Authority continue to move forward for our customers.”
Quinn stated his priorities are tied to CFPUA’s role in supporting economic development. “Our effort to extend water utilities to the U.S. 421 Corridor is vitally important,” said Quinn. “Not only are we benefiting our existing customers for decades to come with a reliable supply of clean water, we have the ability to help spur development in an important area of our county.”
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Cape Fear Public Utility Authority (CFPUA) was formed by the City of Wilmington and New Hanover County to combine their water and sewer operations. It began operations on July 1, 2008. Today, the Authority serves more than 67,000 water customer accounts and more than 65,000 wastewater customer accounts. It oversees more than 1,000 miles of water distribution mains and nearly 1,000 miles of sewer mains. For more information, visit www.cfpua.org or contact CFPUA’s Communications staff at email@example.com.