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01/06/2006 ~ The Utility Board of the City of Key West is seeking a qualified candidate to fill a recent vacancy on the Utility Board. The Board oversees Keys Energy Services (KEYS), the public power utility whose territory encompasses Key West to the Seven-Mile Bridge.

Interested candidates can pick up a candidate questionnaire at KEYS, or may call (305) 295-1001 to request a questionnaire. Questionnaires are to be returned to Lynne Tejeda, KEYS General Manager & CEO, by noon, Thursday, January 19th.

The Board will appoint the most qualified candidate to serve the unfulfilled term in Group Five during a public meeting on Wednesday, January 25th, at KEYS Service Building at 1001 James Street. Candidates must be registered to vote in the City of Key West.

Mr. Leonard Knowles filled the Group Five position until December 30, 2005, when he passed away after a distinguished career of public service. Mr. Knowles was first elected to the Board in 1991 and at the time of his passing held the position of Vice Chairman.

Utility Board members serve a four-year term during which they attend twice monthly Board meetings, stay abreast of KEYS, State and Federal utility industry issues, and participate in various utility associations.

The appointed candidate will join current Board members: Robert R. Padron, Chairman; Peter Batty; Mona C. Clark; and Lou Hernandez.

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