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Posted on: January 12, 2017

[ARCHIVED] New Hanover County Commissioner Skip Watkins Joins CFPUA Board

Watkins and fellow NHC Commissioner Patricia Kusek move into positions 

formerly held by NHC Commissioners Woody White and Rob Zapple


CONTACT: Mike McGill

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After Hours: (910) 622-8472

Wilmington, NC (January 12, 2017): Cape Fear Public Utility Authority (CFPUA) is pleased to announce that New Hanover County Commissioner Skip Watkins was seated Wednesday on it board during its January meeting. In a procedural move, Watkins and newly elected New Hanover County Commissioner Patricia Kusek moved into the NHC Commissioner positions formerly held by Commissioners Woody White and Rob Zapple. Before being elected in November, Ms. Kusek served as the joint appointee of the City of Wilmington and New Hanover County. Her former position will be filled at a later date.

Commissioner Watkins is a longtime resident of Wilmington who currently serves as an Independent Financial Advisor with Capital Investment Group. He has worked in the financial services industry for more than two decades and also teaches economics for the University of Mount Olive. Mr. Watkins currently serves as the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners representative on the Lower Cape Fear Water & Sewer Authority Board, the Lower Cape Fear River Program Advisory Board, the New Hanover Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees, and the board of the Airlie Gardens Foundation.

“It’s clear to anyone planning for the future of New Hanover County that CFPUA plays a vital role in ensuring our overall quality of life,” said Watkins. “I look forward to helping CFPUA continue its excellent work that both supports economic development and protects the environment.”

Commissioner Watkins has also been the Fair Manager for the Cape Fear Fair and Expo for more than 20 years and serves on its Executive Board. He holds both a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a MBA from UNC-Wilmington.

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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

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