The BPU is comprised of four city officials along with five citizen members. The city officials who serve on the BPU are the mayor (currently Sam Teresi), by virtue of office, who is also the President of the Board; the Director of Public Works (currently Jeff Lehman); two city council representatives (currently Greg Rabb and Maria Jones); and five community members, each appointed by the Mayor for terms that vary in length.
At least one new member will be added to the BPU at the start of the new year. That’s because Rabb wasn’t reelected to a new term on the city council, meaning a new council member will have to be appointed by the mayor to replace him.
The four other BPU members whose term expires at the end of this year and would have to be reappointed or replaced on Jan. 1, 2018 are:
- BPU Chairman Chuck Cornell (appointed to BPU to fill a vacated seat in June 2014);
- City Councilwoman Maria Jones (who was reelected to the council on Election Day);
- Ralph Wallace (appointed to BPU in January 2016)
- Martha Zenns (appointed to BPU in January 2014)
The two other BPU members are community representatives Tyler Case and Terrance Horner, who were both appointed in January 2016 and whose terms both expire on Dec. 31, 2019.
The mayor is expected to announce his appointments and reappointments to the BPU during city council’s first meeting of the new year, which is tentatively set for Monday, Jan. 8, 2018. The appointments would also have to be approved by a majority of the city council.