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As the President – Chief Executive Officer for City Utilities, this position serves as the strategic leader for City Utilities’ vision and mission, provides overall direction for the efficient operation of City Utilities, and advises and makes recommendations to the Board of Public Utilities with respect to these activities and policies.

Under the direction of the Board of Public Utilities, the President – Chief Executive Officer is responsible for and has commensurate authority to accomplish the duties set forth below and may delegate portions of their responsibilities and commensurate authority consistent with sound operating practices and authorized policies and procedures; however, the President – Chief Executive Officer may not delegate nor relinquish any portion of their accountability for results.


1.    Formulates and recommends policies and programs, including financial and budgeting programs, for approval of the Board of Public Utilities through development of an annual budget and Long-Range Plan for City Utilities.

2.    Develops and maintains appropriate budgetary procedures and oversees the authorized and proper expenditure of funds, and ensures that all funds, physical assets, and other property of City Utilities are appropriately safeguarded and administered.

3.    Establishes the utility’s goals and objectives with the Board of Public Utilities, including but not limited to, energy and water conservation and increasing renewable energy sources, and manages successful implementation of such goals.

4.    Provides direction and control over all disciplines of the utility, including generation, transmission, and distribution of electric power; sourcing, purchasing, and distribution of natural gas; treatment and distribution of water; operation of SpringNet broadband; and operation of the bus transportation system.

5.    Represents City Utilities officially as the Chief Executive Officer with various local, state, regional, and national organizations.

6.    Prepares and delivers presentations to the Board of Public Utilities, City Council, governmental agencies, civic groups, and professional organizations.

7.    Monitors and evaluates legislative issues and actions that could impact City Utilities.

8.    Directs and authorizes the development of all administrative and operational policies, procedures, and programs of City Utilities, and ensures these policies, procedures and programs are effectively administered and controlled.

9.    Ensures sound organization plans are maintained and that major additions, deletions, or alterations in the organizational plans of operation are properly controlled. Oversees the direction and coordination of all approved programs, projects, and major activities of the staff.

10.    Directs and approves the hiring of executive management personnel. Develops key staff members, delegates authority, and ensures their level of authority is defined and understood with respect to policy, commitment, expenditures, and actions affecting personnel. Secures the advice of management staff in formulating plans and programs.

11.    Oversees and approves selection, promotion, discipline, terminations, and other appropriate personnel actions in accordance with federal and state laws and regulations.

12.    Directs the development and maintenance of standards of performance with respect to all programs and services for City Utilities.

13.    Authorizes and executes such contracts, agreements, and commitments as may be authorized by the Charter of the City of Springfield, the Board of Public Utilities and/or established policy.

14.    Promotes interest and active participation by employees in community activities.

15.    The President – Chief Executive Officer is responsible for the conduct of management staff and all departments in guiding and coordinating operations and activities of City Utilities and employees.

16.    The President – Chief Executive Officer exhibits a high level of professionalism and integrity in all personal and business activities.

17.    The President – Chief Executive Officer is responsible for keeping the CU Citizens’ Advisory Council informed and knowledgeable about important issues impacting CU and its customers.

18.    The President – Chief Executive Officer is responsible for collaborating with private, public, and not-for-profit organizations on matters that concern City Utilities, as well as promoting the growth of the community.

19.    The President – Chief Executive Officer is responsible for managing and participating in economic development programs that have been authorized by the Board and to coordinate such programs with private, public and not-for-profit organizations. Further participation with organizations designed to promote economic development is also essential.

20.    The President – Chief Executive Officer is required to routinely work long hours, including evenings and weekends as a representative of City Utilities, and provide regular, predictable, in-person attendance, both on and off-site, due to the necessary teamwork and personal interactive nature of this position. Work week beyond 40 hours is to be expected along with travel benefiting CU operations.

21.    The President – Chief Executive Officer promotes the transformational and foundational strategies as defined in City Utilities’ Strategic Plan, including its core values of safety, integrity, customer service, inclusion, leadership and respect.

22.    The President – Chief Executive Officer executes other general responsibilities as assigned by the Board of Public Utilities.


Experience and Education:

A four-year college degree, or a post-graduate degree, from an accredited college or university, in engineering, business, management, law, information technology, finance or related field is required. Advanced degree is preferred. Ten years of recent progressive responsible management experience in an electric utility, or fifteen years of exceptional related management experience in an industry providing services such as engineering, business, legal, information technology or finance, with at least five of these years in the utility area is required; experience in a multi-disciplined municipal utility is preferred. Experience must include a strong background in operations or management of a fully integrated electric system, including generation, transmission, and/or distribution systems. Additional utility experience in one or more of the following commodities is preferred: operation or management of a fully integrated natural gas system, including construction, operations, and/or acquisition; operation and management of a fully integrated water system, including water supply and/or water treatment.


Valid driver’s license is required within 30 days of appointment.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

    Experience in the management of staff that concern a wide range of programs and activities.

    Excellent leadership skills and high level of integrity in order to build and maintain effective working relationships with staff, employees, the Board of Public Utilities, the CU Citizens’ Advisory Council, City Council and CU’s customers.

    Very strong interpersonal skills as demonstrated by the ability to interact collaboratively and productively and to establish and maintain effective working relationships with individuals of diverse backgrounds including the Board of Public Utilities, employees, elected and appointed government officials, local, state, and Federal legislative bodies, local business partners and the general public.

    In-depth knowledge of the structure and operation of federal, state, and local governments, including experience in legislative, administrative agency rule-making procedures.

    Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to present material publicly to small and large groups of professionals and/or non-professionals that is understandable to both the technical and non- technical person.

    Very strong knowledge of principles and practices of business administration, including finance management and budgeting.

    Excellent analytical skills as demonstrated by the ability to collect, develop, assess, and blend information and recommendations from a wide variety of sources.

    Excellent ability to work under high stress levels, with frequent interruptions and with tight and often changing deadlines.

    Excellent ability to visualize and direct the planning and development of improvements to the utility system and to develop short-term and long-term strategies.

Physical Requirements:

Typically, sedentary work.  Ability to express or exchange ideas by means of the spoken word and receive detailed information through oral communication.  Substantial movements of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers, and close visual acuity to operate a computer is required. Must be able to work in stressful situations involving employees and the public.


Any interested candidate who meets the qualifications as posted may submit a resume or CV for this key position to Julia Waldman with Korn Ferry at


Job Type : Full-Time
Education Level : Bachelors Degree
Experience Level : Mid to Senior Level
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