The City of Lakeland appointed Joel Ivy, the interim head of Imperial Irrigation District in El Centro, Calif., as the general manager of Lakeland Electric. Ivy is scheduled to begin his new position on July 30.
Despite challenges facing Ivy upon assuming the job, he says he is excited for this new venture.
“I’ve always been interested in reaching for the apex of my career, and this position looked like it represented it for me,” he said. “It felt like a good fit.”
He also commented on the city’s lean budget, saying it would be his biggest challenge as general manager.
Ivy began his career in the power industry in 1983 as a lineman and has worked at five utility-related companies since 2001. He was chosen over five other final applicants, one of whom was Alan Shaffer, the current interim head of Lakeland Electric.
Ivy is replacing Jim Stanfield, who retired March 30 after a nine-year career as general manager.
“We are very impressed with Joel’s background, which spans close to 30 years in the electric industry in both investor-owned and public utilities,” City Manager Doug Thomas stated in a press release. “We believe his skills are well suited to build upon Lakeland Electric’s successes and lead the utility through its future initiatives and opportunities.”