Utility board names managers

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

New duties are anticipated for a customer service representative at the Marshall County Board of Public Utilities, who was introduced to the county commission last week as an assistant manager of the water service.

Gayle Shaneyfelt was introduced to county commissioners by Commissioner Rocky Bowden, chairman of the MCBPU. Shaneyfelt is now assistant manager to long-time Manager Judy Crowson, who said Shaneyfelt's first new assignment is communications.

Shaneyfelt's new assignment is the result of a vote by the MCBPU on March 18.

"I'm excited about the challenge," Shaneyfelt said.

Bowden mentioned purchasing and personnel duties for Shaneyfelt when he introduced the mother of two who served as interim manager for a three to four month period nearly a year ago. It was when Crowson was on leave. Shaneyfelt, 39, resumed her duties as a customer service representative upon Crowson's return.

"Everything is going well with our projects," Bowden told the commissioners on March 24 about an extensive expansion of water lines to provide water service to residents in the rural parts of the county.

Much of it is trenching and laying pipe in the southern part of the county, Shaneyfelt said Friday with Assistant Superintendent Tony Bolton reporting that 80 percent of the work is completed on Coffee Branch Road. Bolton said he anticipates the utility's construction crew will move on to John Barnes Road next.

More on the 3-5-year pipeline project is anticipated in an upcoming progress report from the utility's new communications officer.

Shaneyfelt has been with MCBPU for about two years. She transferred to the county utility after working under Marshall County Budget and Finance Director Freda Terry.

Among Shaneyfelt's new duties will be reporting to county commissioners at their monthly meetings.

The utility's assistant manager is married to Dewayne Shaneyfelt. He works at TriGreen Equipment in Park City. Their home is on Yell Road, where the couple is raising two children: a daughter who's 15, and a son, who's 11. Gayle moved to Tennessee from Montana in 1984. She graduated from Wayne County High School in 1986 and has an associate in arts degree in business from Columbia State Community College. Her parents live in Waynesboro.