This article has been updated.

The number of applicants in consideration to become CPS Energy’s next trustee has been narrowed to 11 following an initial cut made by the board’s nomination committee.

They’re looking to fill the northwest quadrant seat being vacated by Ed Kelley at the end of January.

Kelley, who sits on the nomination committee with board chairman Willis Mackey, told the San Antonio Report that 29 people applied by the deadline, but three are not residents of Quadrant 1, a requirement. Another three pulled their names from consideration shortly after the deadline.

Over the next several weeks, the list will be narrowed down to one, who must be approved first by the full five-member board of trustees, then by the San Antonio City Council.

Kelley said he hasn’t received pressure from anyone to pick a specific candidate, and feels the process has been “very fair” so far.

“I think we’ve got a very good slate of candidates,” Kelley said. “There are a number of them in my opinion who would make excellent trustees.”

Here are the 11 final applicants:

  • Jack Claude Cantrell — independent consultant
  • Adelita Cantu — associate professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
  • David Garza — federal agent and CEO and senior consultant of Crystal Application Software Services
  • Denise Hernandez — vice president of development at True Flavors
  • Sarmad Khan — director of strategic sourcing at NuStar Energy
  • John Kelly — retired Texas Department of Transportation San Antonio District engineer
  • Clayton Killinger — retired former executive vice president and chief financial officer of CST Brands
  • A. David Marne — founder and CEO of Half Priced Real Estate
  • Prasad Padmanabhan — professor of finance at St. Mary’s University
  • Francine Romero — associate professor and chair of the public administration department at the University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Dr. Armistead Wellford — cardiologist at the Heart and Vascular Institute of Texas

Business and technology reporter Waylon Cunningham contributed to this report.

Correction: An earlier version of this story did not include Clayton Killinger on the list of 11 applicants.

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Lindsey Carnett

Lindsey Carnett covers the environment, science and utilities for the San Antonio Report.