Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that he has appointed City Council Chair Gene Carroll to fill the vacancy on the three-person West Haymarket Joint Public Agency (JPA). The appointment must be certified by the City Council and will be on first reading on the Council agenda for Monday October 10. The vote is scheduled to be taken at the Council meeting Monday, October 17.
Beutler and NU Regent Tim Clare are the other JPA members. Carroll would fill the vacancy left by the resignation of the late Jayne Snyder, a former City Council member who chaired the JPA Chair. Mayor Beutler is now chair of the JPA which is overseeing the arena project.
Carroll was elected to an at-large position on the City Council in May 2009. He has 30 years of experience in commercial construction and has served as project manager on large multi-million-dollar projects. He was a member of the arena general contractor selection committee. Carroll has a master's degree in city planning, and the topic of his thesis was the District Energy Corporation, which will provide heating and cooling for the arena. He also has 20 years of experience as a college basketball official and has worked in arenas around the nation.
"Gene has a unique combination of education, talent and experience that make him extremely well qualified to serve the public on the JPA," Beutler said. "He knows how to hold contractors accountable, and that is a skill that will help us keep the arena project on time and on budget."
"I am honored to be chosen and look forward to working more closely on this exciting project," Carroll said. "This position is an excellent fit with my professional background. Even more importantly, I am committed to the success of the arena and willing to work hard on a project that is key to Lincoln's future."