Applications open for trustee seat at San Antonio’s utility
CPS Energy is accepting applications to fill a board of trustees seat that will be vacant in January.
San Antonio’s city-owned utility has put out a call for applications for Southwest Quadrant 4, which is roughly bound by Farm-to-Market 471 to the north, Interstate 35, state Highway 16 and U.S. Highway 281 to the east, and the Bexar County line to the south and west.
Homer Guevara holds the seat and will reach board’s 10-year term limit — two five-year terms — on January 31. The application deadline is 5 p.m. on Sept. 14, after which the board of trustees will review and interview candidates before sending their preferred choice to the San Antonio city council for approval.
The board of trustees, which includes Mayor Ron Nirenberg , has a wide range of responsibilities, including approving projects, reviewing the utility’s financial state and approving pay rate and bonuses for the CEO, now Paula Gold-Williams.
The vacancy is the second in the last year after Southeast Quadrant 3 trustee Derrick Howard also reached the term limit.
A lack of diversity on the board of trustees — which is made entirely of of men — led to a debate in city council over Howard’s replacement, Willis Mackey, and the continued lack of women trustees. Three council members voted against Mackey’s nomination, which passed with eight votes.
A female candidate, Terri Williams, was nominated by CPS Energy’s board of trustees for Howard’s position, but she withdrew to join a school board.
Rye Druzin is a San Antonio Express-News energy reporter. Read more of his stories here. | email@example.com | Twitter: @druz_journo