(Marianna, FL- January 31, 2017)

Lynwood Tanner has been promoted to Manager of Governmental Relations at Florida Public Utilities. In a career spanning more than 42 years, Tanner is continuing his commitment to both FPU and the area that he has called home for most of his life as he assumes this challenging new role as liaison between FPU and state and local government entities.
When asked about his new role, Tanner offered, “I’m very excited about the new position. It’s an all new area for me, yet somehow, I feel like I’ve been building relationships and growing my way toward this new position since I began at FPU.”

A significant aspect of Tanner’s new job will entail developing, growing and preserving key government relationships on policies, initiatives and political activities that impact Florida’s business units. Additionally, he will be responsible for interacting closely with officials at both state and local levels and offer recommendations on policies, initiatives and political activities. Tanner will also work closely with the Jackson County Development Council (JCDC) with the goal of attracting commerce and greater economic development to the community.

“I’m very proud of our community and I’ve had many opportunities to see its leadership make significant strides in seeking new business opportunities for Jackson County. It’s my goal to be an intrinsic part of that growth. It’s an honor to serve both my company and my community in this new capacity.”

About Florida Public Utilities
Florida Public Utilities Company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chesapeake Utilities Corporation. Headquartered in Fernandina Beach, Fla., FPU distributes natural gas and propane and provides electric services to approximately 120,000 customers in markets throughout Florida. For more information, visit

About Chesapeake Utilities Corporation
Chesapeake Utilities Corporation is a diversified energy company engaged in natural gas distribution, transmission and marketing; electricity distribution; propane gas distribution and wholesale marketing; advanced information services; and other related services. Information about Chesapeake Utilities Corporation and the Chesapeake family of businesses is available at