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Okeechobee Utility Authority

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The Okeechobee Utility Authority (OUA) was created for the purpose of acquiring, owning, operating and maintaining a regional water and wastewater system to ensure adequate future water supply and wastewater services for the citizens, residents and utility consumers located within Okeechobee County and a portion of Glades County.  The OUA Board establishes policy for the operation of the Authority, including the ability to adopt an annual budget, levy non-ad valorem assessments, establish rates and fees, and acquire lands, assets and rights for the operation and expansion of the water and wastewater systems.

The Okeechobee Utility Authority Board consists:

  • 5 members and 3 alternate members.
  • Term:  Staggered 4-year terms. 
  • Meet:  The Board meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 8:30 a.m. 
  • The Board of County Commissioners and the Okeechobee City Council each appoint 2 regular members and 1 alternate member.
  • The 4 regular members appointed by the County and the City appoint a 5th regular member and an alternate member. 
  • Alternate members may vote only in the absence of one of the regular members appointed by the same body that appointed the alternate.
  • All appointees must reside within the service area (franchise area) of the OUA.  One of the County appointees must reside within the service area of the former Okeechobee Beach Water Association.  Both City appointees must reside within the City of Okeechobee.  The 5th appointee that appoints an alternate must reside within the OUA water or wastewater service area located within Glades County.

For more information about the Okeechobee Utility Authority, contact Executive Director John Hayford at (863) 763-9460 or download an application at: Citizen Application for Committee Advisory Board [rev 8-15-19] PDFA and ADA ckd

To be considered for a County appointment to the Okeechobee Utility Authority Board, submit a completed application to the County Administrator’s Office along with a copy of a driver’s license or other picture identification demonstrating residency in Okeechobee County. An Okeechobee County Citizen Board/Committee application may be obtained from the County Administrator’s Office or downloaded from the Okeechobee County website. For information on City appointments to the OUA Board, contact Okeechobee City Hall at (863) 763-3372.


Okeechobee Utility Authority (OUA)

Board Member

Term Ending

 Melanie Anderson, Member (5th Appt) (Glades)


 John Creasman, Member (county) Vice Chairman


 Steve Nelson, Chairman (city) Chairman


 VACANT, Alternate (county)


 Tommy Clay, Member (city)


 Harry Moldenhauer, Alternate (Glades)


 Jeff Fadley, Alternate (city)


 Carl Leonard, Member (county)   03/01/21