City hires new util­ity di­rec­tor

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - GABRIEL KHOULI gkhouli@cov­news.com

Covington has hired a new util­ity di­rec­tor to run its elec­tric and gas sys­tems, choos­ing a for­mer Ge­or­gia Power em­ployee, Tim J. Morris.

Morris, a Lo­ganville res­i­dent, was the lone ap­pli­cant to both meet the po­si­tion’s min­i­mum re­quire­ments and have the ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing for a ma­jor power sup­plier – spend­ing 13 years with Ge­or­gia Power – that city of­fi­cials were seek­ing, ac­cord­ing to Amanda Edge with the city’s hu­man re­sources depart­ment.

Morris will be­gin Feb. 3 and will take over for long­time util­ity di­rec­tor Bill Meecham, who an­nounced his re­tire­ment in the sum­mer af­ter 20 years with the city. Meecham of­fi­cially re­tired Jan. 1, Edge said.

The job post­ing was first ad­ver­tised in May, Edge said, and the city re­viewed ap­pli­ca­tions and re­sumes as they were re­ceived.

In a press re­lease, Edge said Morris “pos­sesses the de­meanor, char­ac­ter and prior ex­pe­ri­ence” that city of­fi­cials were seek­ing.

Morris is cur­rently a sales en­gi­neer in the At­lanta of­fice of White­head and As­so­ciates, a com­pany that spe­cial­izes in help­ing man­u­fac­tur­ers and other clients sell prod­ucts in the elec­tri­cal util­ity field. Among his du­ties was serv­ing as a li­ai­son be­tween util­ity com­pa­nies and man­u­fac­tur­ers in the “de­vel­op­ment of cus­tom or unique prod­ucts.”

Morris also pre­vi­ously owned his own com­pany, Nite Lite De­signs, in which he de­signed “sports and area light­ing elec­tri­cal in­stal­la­tions” and served as a con­sul­tant by bid­ding out elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer­ing de­sign prod­ucts. Dur­ing his time with Ge­or­gia Power, Morris worked on mul­ti­ple projects, in­clud­ing help­ing with the ex­pan­sion of the compa- ny’s net­work to cus­tomers and later spe­cial­iz­ing in the com­pany’s out­door light­ing pro­gram. Morris has a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing from Ge­or­gia Tech and is a cer­ti­fied elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer. As util­ity di­rec­tor, Morris will be re­spon­si­ble for run­ning the city’s elec­tric and gas de­part­ments and sys­tems; Covington buys elec­tric­ity and gas whole­sale and sells it di­rectly to cus­tomers. Morris will be re­spon­si­ble for staffing, plan­ning, over­see­ing projects, pre­par­ing bud­gets and over­see­ing the pur­chase of elec­tric­ity and gas.

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