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Stanley Keenum named interim manager of DU

By Bayne Hughes 340-2432

The Decatur Utilities board turned to long-time employee Stanley Keenum on Wednesday morning to serve as interim general manager.

Keenum, operations manager for the past eight of his 33 years with the utility, agreed to fill the position until the board completes its search. He said he is not, however, a candidate to take over the position permanently.

During his career, Keenum has served in several management positions, including safety and training specialist, electric field superintendent and construction manager. He will continue his current duties of overseeing construction and utility operations.

General Manager Kem Carr's last day is March 23. He is leaving after 24 years with DU to become secretary-manager of the Lake Chelan Reclamation District in Manson, Wash., a town of 3,100 about 150 miles east of Seattle.

The board approved a resolution at its morning meeting thanking him for his 24 years of service.

Utilities board Chairman Neal A. Holland Jr. said it took about nine months to conduct a national search before promoting Carr on July 1, 1999, from chief engineer to general manager.

He said the national search could be shorter or longer.

Board member Hugh Hillhouse asked that the job description say that "utility experience is desirable but not mandatory," opening the search to more candidates.

Holland said the utility has other open management positions, including electric manager and information technologies manager.

Keenum is also nearing retirement, so he would like to hire someone to learn the operations manager position.

"We understand that we're recruiting to fill several positions, and we don't have the fallback that we usually do at a time like this," Holland said.

"A lot of people are doing double-duty, and we appreciate their hard work and patience."

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