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Arizona Corporation Commission Votes To Select Interim Manager For Johnson Utilities

The Arizona Corporation Commission has voted to appoint an interim manager to temporarily run embattled water company Johnson Utilities.

At a special meeting Tuesday morning, commissioners heard from staff members who recommended the move. It comes after an extensive hearing into problems with Johnson’s services, including low water pressure, unannounced outages and a 65,000-gallon sewage spill.

Representing the towns of Florence and Queen Creek, attorney Bert Acken voiced support for the the commission’s intervention.

"What we see is a consistent pattern of ignoring regulatory requirements, getting caught, promising to do better and then failing to fix the problems," he said.

The Corporation Commission narrowed the candidates for an interim manager to EPCOR Utilities and a regional partnership between Queen Creek and Florence.

The final decision will be made at a public meeting Thursday at 4:00 p.m.

Jimmy Jenkins was a producer and senior field correspondent at KJZZ from 2014 to 2021.