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Executive Management

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Executive Management Team

Edward Bielarski, General Manager for Utilities

Edward Bielarski Jr. was appointed Gainesville Regional Utilities’ general manager effective June 22, 2015. Bielarski has more than 20 years of utility industry experience, including serving as general manager and chief financial officer of Pennsylvania-based independent power facility Panther Creek Partners from 1992-2001.

Walter Banks, Chief Information Officer 

Walter Banks has been planning, implementing and leading information technology solutions for public organizations for nearly 20 years. He most recently served as Director of Information Technologies for Frederick Country, Virginia, following more than a decade managing the IT needs of school districts in central New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania.


Thomas R. Brown, Acting Chief Operating Officer 

Thomas Brown has worked as an energy industry executive for 30 years, including most recently as the Vice President/Commercial Manager of Leidos-Plainfield Renewable Energy in Plainfield, Connecticut. He also served in executive management positions with Cogentrix, El Paso Merchant Energy and Ridgewood Power Corporation.

Michelle Smith Lambert, Acting Chief Change Officer

Michelle Smith Lambert has practiced law in Gainesville for more than a decade. Founder of Balanced Life Wellness Consulting, she holds a Juris Doctorate degree and a Master of Exercise and Sports Science degree from the University of Florida.

Justin Locke, Chief Financial Officer

Justin Locke has worked in public utilities for more than 20 years, including most recently as Vice President of Finance at CPS Energy in San Antonio, Texas. He also served as CFO of both the Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative and the Brownsville Public Utilities Board.

Leadership Team


Gary Baysinger 
Energy Delivery Officer

David E. Beaulieu 
Advisor to the General Manager

Yvette Carter 
Community Relations Director

Margaret A. Crawford 
Communications Director

Anthony Cunningham 
Water/Wastewater Officer

Cheryl McBride
Human Resources Director

David E. Owens 
Compliance Officer

William J. Shepherd  
Chief Customer Officer

Dino De Leo
Energy Supply Officer

J. Lewis Walton 
Chief Business Services Officer 

 

Governance

Gainesville Regional Utilities is governed by the Gainesville City Commission, in accordance with the City of Gainesville Charter Laws. As a Charter Officer of the City of Gainesville, the General Manager for Utilities serves at the will of the Commission.

The city's Utility Advisory Board serves as an advisor to the Gainesville City Commission on policy and governance decisions regarding utility services. Formed in 2016, the seven-member board meets at least once a month.



Thomas R. Brown, Acting Chief Operating Officer Thomas Brown has worked as an energy industry executive for 30 years, including most recently as the Vice President/Commercial Manager of Leidos-Plainfield Renewable Energy in Plainfield, Connecticut. He also served in executive management positions with Cogentrix, El Paso Merchant Energy and Ridgewood Power Corporation.


Dino De Leo 
Acting Energy Supply Officer