Grey resigns from Downtown Investment Authority to join JEA board

DIA also is seeking a replacement for former board Chair Jim Bailey.

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Elite Parking Services of America Inc. CEO and President Dane Grey resigned as a Downtown Investment Authority board member to join the JEA board.

DIA CEO Lori Boyer said Grey submitted his resignation Monday. 

Mayor Lenny Curry nominated Grey to the JEA board. Resolution 2019-744 was filed with City Council on Tuesday for the appointment.

The resolution, introduced by Council President Scott Wilson at Curry’s request, will go before the Council Rules Committee on Monday. 

If approved, Grey will replace APR Energy co-founder and Chair John Campion. Campion has been battling leukemia and resigned from the JEA in September. He was appointed July 25, 2018, for a partial term set to expire Feb. 28.

Grey’s appointment fills out the seven-member board, according to JEA Media Relations Manager Gina Kyle.

His nomination comes as the utility weighs offers for a possible sale. On Monday, JEA announced it received 16 bids from organizations interested in acquiring some or all of its assets. The utility’s negotiation team will send its recommendations to the JEA board for consideration and a possible vote in early February.

Curry appointed Grey to the DIA board in September 2016. His term was set to expire June 30. Boyer said Tuesday that Grey’s replacement will also come as a recommendation from Curry to Council, but offered no timeline.

More DIA moves

In addition to filling Grey’s position, the DIA also is seeking a replacement for former board Chair Jim Bailey. 

“Based on his recent inability to attend meetings, we are actively pursuing a replacement with the council president as this is a City Council appointment,” Boyer said.

Bailey's term expired June 30, but he did not officially resign from the board. According to DIA bylaws, without a resignation, Bailey will serve until DIA staff can find a replacement.

Bailey is the former publisher of the Financial News & Daily Record, now the Jacksonville Daily Record and the Jacksonville Record & Observer.  He sold the publication to Observer Media Group in 2017.