Public power leadership changes and accomplishments

SRP names Mike Hummel as new general manager and CEO

Salt River Project's Board of Directors selected Mike Hummel to succeed Mark Bonsall as the General Manager and CEO and lead day-to-day operations of the community-based, not-for-profit public power utility. Hummel will assume responsibilities in May and is currently SRP's Deputy General Manager of Resources and Finance. Bonsall announced his intention to retire last year after working at SRP since 1977. SRP President David Rousseau said the board's decision reflects its ongoing commitment to SRP's priorities of providing outstanding customer satisfaction, reliable electric and water service and strong community involvement. Hummel became SRP's Deputy General Manager, Resources and Finance in March 2016. He was named Associate General Manager and Chief Power System Executive in July 2011. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Arizona.

Kansas City Board of Public Utilities elects new officers

Three members of the newly elected board of directors for the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities were sworn-in at a ceremony held on January 3. Two incumbent members, Mary Gonzales and Tom Groneman, as well as newcomer Ryan Eidson, took the oath of office at a ceremony prior to a BPU board meeting. Meanwhile, in early February members of the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities elected new officers to the board. New officers include Jeff Bryant, President, Norman D. Scott, Vice President and Eidson, Secretary. Before being elected Board President, Bryant served as Vice President. He has been on the Board of Directors since 2011.

John Steen elected CPS Energy board chair, Homer Guevara Jr. elected vice chair

John Steen, former Texas Secretary of State and Commissioner of the Texas Department of Public Safety, was elected Board Chair of the CPS Energy Board of Trustees. Steen has represented the northeast quadrant of CPS Energy’s service territory since 2016. Dr. Homer Guevara Jr. was elected Vice Chair of the Board. Guevara is an economics and government professor at Northwest Vista College and represents the southwestern quadrant of the CPS Energy service territory. Meanwhile, the CPS Energy Board of Trustees voted to nominate Dr. Willis Mackey to fill the board vacancy for the Southeast Quadrant to replace outgoing Trustee Derrick Howard. Mackey’s name will be submitted to the San Antonio City Council at a future council meeting by Mayor Ron Nirenberg where the City Council will vote to confirm or reject the nominee.

Patricia Cruz joins staff of Hometown Connections

Patricia Cruz has joined the staff of Hometown Connections as Vice President, Consulting & Training. Her areas of expertise include how to achieve organizational effectiveness, strategic planning, change management, talent management, business communications, stakeholder engagement, process improvement, and the evaluation of customer satisfaction and needs. Cruz, previously a senior consultant for Leidos, holds a B.S. in Business Communications from Universidad Javeriana de Colombia, an M.B.A. in Management and Marketing from the University of Tennessee, and an M.S. in Human Resource Management from Universidad Catolica de Chile. Hometown Connections is the utility services subsidiary of the American Public Power Association.