Dwight Embry was officially hired as Leitchfield Utilities Superintendent during the Thursday, June 19 Leitchfield Utilities Commission meeting.
Following an executive session, the Utilities Commission passed a motion to offer the position to Embry subject to his resignation as Utilities Commissioner.
The position of Utilities Superintendent was opened to applicants affiliated with the City Utilities, who were interviewed by the Utilities on the afternoon of Thursday, June 11.
Embry, who has been a member of the Utilities Commission for nine years, will start as Utilities Superintendent on Monday, June 30 and will work alongside current Superintendent Kevin Pharis until Pharis’s retirement on July 31.
Regarding his new position, Embry said, “I’m excited. I like a challenge. I like opportunities.”
Embry said working as a public servant will be a change for him. He’s previously been only self-employed, but given this experience, he’s confident that he can bring the private sector into the public sector.
Embry said his other interests and entities will not be affected by his position as Utilities Superintendent.
Per the motion passed by the Utilities Commission, Embry resigned as Utilities Commissioner during Thursday’s meeting, so he could accept the position of Utilities Superintendent.
Embry’s vacant Utilities Commissioner seat will be filled by an individual to be appointed by the Leitchfield City Council and Mayor William Thomason.
In other business:
*The Utilities Commission passed a motion to replace a raw water intake motor at the cost of $9,500.
According to Pharis, two motors run the raw water intake pumps, and one of them has gone out.
Labor to replace the motor will cost $1,200, and crane rental will cost $1,500.
*Pharis and Utilities Attorney David Vickery discussed the installation timetable for the new Grayson County Board of Education central office’s sewer.
Pharis said there are currently 1,784 feet of sewer left to be laid, and, due to the state of the of the ground and rock, a little more than 90 feet are currently being laid a day.
Pharis said the Utilities are hoping to complete the sewer system by the planned opening date for the new Board of Education central office in the last week of July, but if not, a temporary holding tank for the sewage will be installed.
Vickery said, “It’s a horribly difficult project.”
*The Utilities Commission approved the energy savings proposal from Energy Systems Group.
Approving the proposal does not commit the utilities to the project, but it allows Energy Systems Group to continue research and development for the proposed project.