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May 4, 2010
Contact: Jeff Hood, communications specialist, (209) 333-6801

Lodi names new Electric Utility director

Liz Kirkley, head of the City of Healdsburg’s electric utility the last two years, has been appointed director of the Lodi Electric Utility by City Manager Blair King.

The Lodi City Council is scheduled to consider Kirkley's contract at Wednesday’s meeting. The agreement calls for her to assume her duties no later than July 5 at an annual salary of $155,000.

“During the recruitment process and interviews, Liz’s management and interpersonal skills brought her to the top,” King said. “She is someone with a reputation for being able to work with all elements of a community. She’ll be engaged with the department and community on a day-to-day basis.”

Like Lodi, Healdsburg is a participant in the Lodi Energy Center, a 280-megawatt power plant that is scheduled to begin construction this summer on City-owned land near Interstate 5.

Kirkley has spent the past five years working for utilities belonging to the Northern California Power Agency, a consortium of municipal utilities that includes Lodi. Before Healdsburg, Kirkley served three years as the electrical distribution engineer for the City of Ukiah electric utility, the last two as the utility's highest-ranking professional.

Kirkley's work history included engineering duties for Illinois utility Exelon and the Arizona Public Service Company. She is a University of Illinois graduate.

In coming to Lodi, she joins a community-owned electric utility celebrating its centennial in 2010.

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