New GRU manager should have business savvy

Published: Wednesday, January 24, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 24, 2007 at 1:05 a.m.
When selecting a utility director, the primary purpose of a utility should be kept in mind. That is to provide the utility's products and services to its customers in the most economical and efficient manner as possible.
This includes obtaining or generating the product and constructing, maintaining and updating the product and service delivery systems (power lines, telecommunications lines and gas, water and wastewater pipes). At the same time, there is the demand of balancing environmental impact, providing good customer service and maintaining a strong financial stability.
While conservation and environmental considerations are extremely important, we should not overlook the fact that GRU is a municipally-owned "business" that generates a profit that keeps property taxes down while paying for additional public services. In this regard, over the last 35 years, our utility has been well run as exemplified by the "A" and "AA" bond ratings granted it by the leading financial rating institutions in the country.
The new utility director needs to demonstrate that same business acuity that has been demonstrated in the past. There is a strong team of assistant general managers that have helped the general manager do this over the years. However, the general manager is the leader of this team and his or her leadership will make the difference.

R. Bauldree,


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