Effective December 19, 2017, Memphis Light, Gas and Water President and Chief Executive Officer Jerry Collins Jr. will retire as head of the utility.
“Working for MLGW and the City of Memphis has been a great experience, however, after 30 years of public service it is now time for me to spend time with my family.” Collins said. “I’d like to thank the 2,500-plus employees who I have enjoyed serving with to improve the quality of life for residents through the efficient and safe delivery of electricity, natural gas and water the last 10 years,” he added.
"I appreciate the excellent leadership and service that Jerry has provided over the years across several divisions of city government," said Mayor Jim Strickland. "Because of his skill, the largest publicly owned utility in the country gives customers the best service at the lowest cost, and continues to protect our most valuable resource—our drinking water. I wish Jerry well in his retirement."
Collins has served as President and CEO of MLGW since 2007. He is the 10th person to lead the utility. A native Memphian, Collins previously served as Director of Public Works for the City of Memphis.