Tony Sinclair, the president and CEO of Greenwood Utilities, is retiring.
Sinclair, 64, has notified the Board of Commissioners for the city-owned utility that he will be calling it quits and relocating to the Gulf Coast of Alabama by Dec. 31, although his departure could be sooner, depending on how quickly a successor is hired.
Sinclair, who has headed the 9,200-customer utility for the past four years, grew up on the Alabama Gulf Coast, as did his wife, Susan.
He said it is where all their family is located, including his 94-year-old mother-in-law.
“You only get so many years with your mother, and my wife is really looking forward to that,” he said.
The couple have had a home in Fairhope, Alabama, for the past three years. They also have a tree farm in that area.
Tony Sinclair came to Greenwood Utilities in August 2015 from the Coweta-Fayette Electric Membership Corp., a rural electric cooperative near Atlanta. Prior to that, he served in an executive capacity with three electrical cooperatives in Alabama and Montana.
When asked Wednesday what accomplishments during his tenure in Greenwood come foremost to mind, Sinclair cited the completion of a new water well and tank system; the installation of emergency generators at four water wells; and the implementation of a nighttime call center for reporting power outages.
He was complimentary of Greenwood as a whole and especially of the 60 employees at Greenwood Utilities.
“I value each and every employee and thank them for their dedication and professionalism while serving our valued customers,” Sinclair said in a prepared statement. “I am most thankful to the employees for all their individual and team efforts they provided to achieve utility team goals and for the assistance they provided to me personally as their CEO.”
The utilities commission said that Sinclair was able to maintain an already sound operation and make it stronger.
“Under his leadership, Greenwood Utilities has significantly strengthened its distribution system to minimize outages to the consumers it serves,” the commission said in a prepared statement. “Greenwood Utilities remains financially sound and continues its history of low rates for electric and water services. We appreciate the contributions of Tony Sinclair and wish him well in his upcoming retirement.”
In addition to his duties at Greenwood Utilities, Sinclair has also been serving as the chairman of the Greenwood-Leflore Industrial Board and its privately funded arm, the Greenwood-Leflore-Carroll Economic Development Foundation.
“He’s been a wonderful chairman,” said Angela Curry, executive director of the two economic development organizations. “He was all about taking care of business and the business at hand. We’ll miss him, that’s for sure.”
Curry said she expects a new chairman will be elected at the groups’ annual meeting, which will be held Dec. 5.
Sinclair said that his wife, a pharmacist, is planning to return to her field but that he expects to take life a little easier and pick up a previously favorite pastime.
“I’m probably just going to enjoy things and maybe take up fishing that I have not done in a long time. Just looking forward to spending time with family down there,” he said.
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