Name of Board/Commission Utility Commission
Date 06/04/2018
Authority for Creation The authority for establishing the Utility Commission is North Carolina General Statutes 160-A, Article 20. The Commission was created by an agreement between the City of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County on April 20, 1976.
Purpose/Function The Commission is the policy-making board for all water and sewage facilities operated by the City, having the same authority and responsibility as the City or the County to fix rates, charges, and assessments, and to provide for improvements and extensions to such facilities, with the exception that the Commission has no authority to issue bonds or incur any debt without prior approval of the City Council.
Method of Appointment Five members are appointed by the City Council upon the recommendation of the Mayor. Five members are appointed by the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners. The chairman is appointed jointly by the Mayor and the Chairman of the Forsyth County Commissioners.
Number of Members Eleven
Terms of Office Five years (see Special Notes)
Meeting Date and Time Second Monday of each month - 2:00 p.m.
Chief Staff Person
Damon Dequenne
Assistant City Manager
Telephone Number
Current Membership - Utility Commission
Name Race/Gender Term Expiration
City Council Appointments
Lewis Wesley Curtis, Jr., Vice Chair BM 1 06/19
Thomas Griffin  WM 1 06/21
James Ruffin WM 1 06/20
Yvonne H. Hines BF 2 06/22
Allan Younger BM 1 06/23
County Appointments    
Harold E. Day WM 2 06/22
D. Christopher Parker WM 1 06/19
Donald R. Stewart WM 1 06/21
Hugh J. Jernigan WM 1 06/23
Duane Long WM 1 06/20
Randall S. Tuttle WM 1 06/19

Special Notes:

The term of office for the chairman is two years, with a maximum of five terms. The remaining ten members serve staggered five-year terms.

The Utility Commission has three subcommittees which meet as follows:

  • Operations: Second Monday of each month - 12 noon
  • Finance: Second Monday of each month - 1:00 p.m.        
  • Policy: Call meetings

1* = Serving more than 50% of an unexpired term (more than three years & seven months of the term has expired).

0* = Serving less than 50% of an unexpired term (less than two years & six months of the term has expired).


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