Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

JEA Chief Earns High Marks in Board Evaluation; Dickenson Receives His Highest Rating for Financial Management of Utility

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

JEA Chief Earns High Marks in Board Evaluation; Dickenson Receives His Highest Rating for Financial Management of Utility

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Byline: Mary Kelli Palka

JEA chief executive Jim Dickenson received high marks in what is expected to be his last evaluation from his board.

Dickenson, 60, hasn't said for sure if he plans to retire next year - his 39th year with JEA - but he has given an indication to the board that it's possible.

On Tuesday, JEA released Dickenson's evaluation, which included an overall average performance score of 4.83 points out of a possible 5.

He got his highest marks on his financial management of the city-owned utility with a $1.8 billion operating budget. He got his lowest marks on customer relations.

Board Chairman Ron Townsend said it didn't surprise him that Dickenson did well on his evaluation.

"It's a well-run organization," Townsend said.

He said he would like to see JEA expand its community education efforts to better understand what the utility does.

Dickenson took over leadership at JEA in 2004. …

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