Kenneth Waldroup

WILMINGTON — The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority Board has named Kenneth Waldroup as the authority’s new executive director.

Waldroup, who has 27 years of experience in the water industry and is currently an assistant director at the Raleigh Public Utilities Department, is expected to begin here later this month and will succeed Jim Flechtner, who has been the authority’s executive director since 2013 and announced his retirement in August.aldroup is a licensed professional engineer and holds a bachelor’s in nuclear engineering from N.C. State University and expects to earn a master’s in public administration this fall from N.C. Central University. He is a former member of the N.C. Environmental Management Commission and is the 2020-21 chair of the North Carolina Section of the American Water Works Association & the North Carolina Member Association of the Water Environment Federation.

“I and the rest of the Board are pleased to have Ken joining us as CFPUA’s next executive director,” said the authority’s chairman Wesley P. Corder in a statement. “Ken’s background and skillset are particularly well-suited to the tasks of continuing the important, substantial progress accomplished under Jim’s leadership and leading our organization in the years ahead as we continue to improve our service to our customers and the community.”

As executive director, Waldroup will oversee an organization with a $92 million 2022 operating budget and more than 300 employees providing water and wastewater services to about 200,000 people in Wilmington and New Hanover County. 

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