VOL. 10 | NO. 32 | Saturday, August 5, 2017
Collins To Retire as Head of MLGW
By Bill Dries
Memphis Light Gas and Water Division president Jerry Collins will retire as president and CEO of the utility company effective Dec. 19, Collins announced Friday, Aug. 4.
Collins will retire after a decade at the head of the utility and before that as public works director for the city of Memphis.
“Working for MLGW and the city of Memphis has been a great experience, however, after 30 years of public service, it is now time for me to spend time with my family,” Collins said in a written statement. “I’d like to thank the 2,500-plus employees who I have enjoyed serving with to improve the quality of life for residents through the efficient and safe delivery of electricity, natural gas and water the last 10 years.
Collins doubled as both head of MLGW and public works director for about five months following the resignation of Joseph Lee at the utility in 2007 and Collins’ interim appointment by then-Mayor Willie Herenton. He was Herenton’s nominee for the job shortly thereafter on a permanent basis for a five-year term and easily won approval by the Memphis City Council.
Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland will now nominate a successor to Collins for a council vote.
Strickland praised Collins’ leadership of MLGW.
“Because of his skill, the largest publicly-owned utility in the country gives customers the best service at the lowest cost and continues to protect our most valuable resource – our drinking water,” Strickland said in a written statement.