JEA makes organizational move; Mike Hightower over media affairs

jacksonville city skyline

In August, the JEA utility service brought Northeast Florida Republican legend Mike Hightower in to handle external affairs, a move lauded at the time.

Now we’re seeing more evidence of Hightower’s expanding role at a critical time for JEA as it hammers out its JEA Agreement with the city of Jacksonville.

Judi Spann told Florida Politics this week that “The Media Relations team for JEA has moved into the Public Affairs area, headed by Chief Public Affairs Officer Mike Hightower.”

Spann, manager of Media and Stakeholder Relations, and Gerri Boyce, JEA spokeswoman, will “continue to oversee media for JEA but will be focusing on local, state and federal advocacy issues as they relate to utilities and the impact on JEA. Spann and Boyce each have more than 25 years’ experience in media and public relations.”

That will help JEA work with governmental agencies, an area in which this triumvirate has considerable experience.

The issues with the JEA board, which made for interesting headlines last year as Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry settled in, are now in the rearview mirror, and JEA clearly is moving onto ever more solid footing with this move.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


Florida Politics is a statewide, new media platform covering campaigns, elections, government, policy, and lobbying in Florida. This platform and all of its content are owned by Extensive Enterprises Media.

Publisher: Peter Schorsch @PeterSchorschFL

Contributors & reporters: Phil Ammann, Drew Dixon, Roseanne Dunkelberger, A.G. Gancarski, Anne Geggis, Ryan Nicol, Jacob Ogles, Cole Pepper, Gray Rohrer, Jesse Scheckner, Christine Sexton, Drew Wilson, and Mike Wright.

Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @PeterSchorschFL
Phone: (727) 642-3162
Address: 204 37th Avenue North #182
St. Petersburg, Florida 33704