Published Wednesday, January 16, 2013
By SARAH FAY CAMPBELL
Jay Boren officially has been named chief executive officer of the Coweta Water and Sewerage Authority.
Boren, who previously served as the authority's controller, was named interim general manager in May, following the retirement of General Manager Ellis Cadenhead.
As controller, Boren "demonstrated leadership qualities that actually exceeded" what they were expecting, said Authority Chairman Neal Shepard.
As interim GM, "the entire team... jumped in behind him," Shepard said.
The authority had charged Cadenhead with putting in place a succession plan, and he chose Boren as his successor.
When Cadenhead left, "we never lost a beat," Shepard said. "I have to give him credit in putting together a team," he said. "I also have to give credit to the leadership team, the staff."
Boren is "very practical," Shepard said. "He understands the finances probably better than any of us," he said. "And he has a good grasp of what we have come through."
A challenge for Boren will be to grow the water and sewerage authority into a major economic development force when Coweta begins to grow again.
When they named Boren interim GM "we wanted to test him to be sure that he and the staff were up to the task. They proved that they were," Shepard said. "He stepped up and they performed and we didn't miss a lick."
"We have confidence in Jay and his abilities, not only from a financial side but from a leadership side. He has proven himself," Shepard said. And all of the other leaders in the organization "contributed and helped make it a successful transition," Shepard said "I can't say enough good things about them and also about the authority (board) itself."
Boren is "a very focused and energetic guy and that is what we needed — a person with youth, a focus, and energy to be able to move this organization into the next millennium," Shepard said.
In naming Boren CEO, the authority board changed the name of the position. "We think that it better reflects what his talents and skills are going to be focused on," Shepard said. "He has strategic responsibilities ... it reflects more than simply downstream management of his organization and assets," Shepard said. Those responsibilities will include working with those in economic development and "helping them map out" strategies and plans and methods to accommodate future growth, Shepard said.
The authority will now be looking for a new chief financial officer to fill the vacancy left by Boren's promotion.
Boren joined the authority in 2009.
A Newnan native and Newnan High School graduate, he attended Auburn University and holds a bachelor's of business administration in finance. Before joining the authority, Boren worked at Milliken and Company for 15 years in various roles, including controller.
Boren is a 2011 graduate of the Leadership Academy of the Georgia Association of Water Professionals and a 2012 graduate of Leadership Coweta. He is a member of the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin Stakeholders.
Boren, his wife Amy, and their children are members of Newnan First United Methodist Church, where Boren serves on the administrative board. He serves as an assisant scout master for Boy Scout Troop 41, and coaches his children's football, soccer, and baseball teams.