Lyndonville Electric Department has hired a new manager.

Jonathan Elwell, the Village Manager of Enosburg Falls since 2004, will begin on March 7.

He replaces Bill Humphrey, who has served as LED manager since September of 2016, and is retiring.

The Lyndonville Board of Trustees, which oversees LED, received nine applications and interviewed three finalists.

Elwell, the only finalist from Vermont, was chosen because of his experience and knowledge of state energy issues.

He has overseen the Enosburg Falls Water & Light, a municipal electric department similar to LED, for the past 17 years. He also understands the state’s complex Renewable Energy Standard, which sets targets to decrease consumption of fossil fuels.

“He’ll be able to hit the ground running,” said Lyndonville Trustee Sue Mills.

Elwell was raised in Brattleboro and served 23 years in local government as Village Manager of Enosburg Falls; Town Manager for Manchester, Maine; Development Director for Rockingham, Vt.; and Grant Administrative Assistant for Clarksdale, Ariz, according to a biography provided by Lyndonville Trustees.

He holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from Northern Arizona University and an undergraduate degree from Prescott College.

His biography states that, “Through his career working for small municipalities, [Elwell] has taken on a variety of tasks, and experiences including grant administration, financial administration, electric utility management, community development, and housing development.”

Elwell was officially hired on Dec. 30 at a salary of $115,000.

Lyndonville Electric Department serves over 5,700 customers in 13 communities (Burke, East Haven, Glover, Kirby, Lyndon, Lyndonville, Newark, Sheffield, St. Johnsbury, Sutton, Victory, Westmore and Wheelock).

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