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AP: Distraction cited in Conn. utility CEO ouster
APNewsBreak: Executive says head of Connecticut utility saw remaining on job a 'distraction'
By The Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) ' The president of Northeast Utilities says the embattled chief of subsidiary Connecticut Light & Power resigned because remaining on the job would be a distraction.

Northeast Utilities President and Chief Executive Charles Shivery (SHY'-vuh-ree) told The Associated Press in an interview Thursday that the resignation of Jeff Butler, president of CL&P, was voluntary.

Butler resigned Thursday after coming under fire for how the company handled massive power outages to as many as 830,000 customers following the Oct. 29 snowstorm. Outages persisted for as long as 11 days.

Shivery says Butler worked very hard but after power was restored he stepped back and realized his job would be a challenge.

He says a new president will likely be hired in three or four months.

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