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Mayor Yoder Appoints New General Manager for Auburn Electric

Posted by thowens on March 30, 2017

Auburn Mayor Norm Yoder recently announced the appointment of Chris Schweitzer as the new General Manager of the City of Auburn Electric Department. Schweitzer, who is replacing Superintendent Stuart Tuttle, will assume the new position beginning April 1, 2017.

Tuttle is retiring after 47 years of service to the City of Auburn. “Stuart has been a great asset to the city and the electric utility,” Mayor Yoder said. “We’re thankful for his many years of service and wish him all the best.”

Transition Planning

With Tuttle’s pending retirement, Mayor Yoder formed a transition team to conduct a review of the electric utility, including the system’s health, workforce, facilities, equipment and customer relationships. Schweitzer, General Manager of Auburn Essential Service (AES), led the transition team over a three-month period.

“The formal review helped us set a path for the transition,” Mayor Yoder explains. “We identified the utility’s strengths as well as opportunities for improvement.” 

After the review was complete, the Mayor appointed Schweitzer to serve as the new general manager for electric utility. He will serve in this position, along with his current duties at AES. 

“Chris was the obvious choice,” Mayor Yoder says. “He has nearly 20 years of experience supporting information technology integrated at the electric department. He has a solid understanding of the utility’s business processes and complex systems including SCADA, SmartGRID, AMI, customer billing, GIS and other decision support platforms.” 

Mayor Yoder said AES has grown steadily over the last decade under Schweitzer’s leadership and believes Schweitzer will bring the same successful management to Auburn Electric. Further, he believes common leadership at AES and Auburn Electric makes good business sense.

  • AES fiber and Auburn Electric power often share the same rights of way, utility poles, underground trenches and facilities
  • AES and Auburn Electric teams often work alongside one another in construction and maintenance activities
  • AES and Auburn Electric share common operational procedures, technologies, resources
  • AES and Auburn Electric share a common base of customers

“It only makes sense to keep them tightly aligned,” Mayor Yoder says, “and I’m confident Chris is the right one to lead this endeavor. He knows how to build teams, service customers and lead through times of change.”

About Auburn Electric

Auburn Electric is a tremendous community asset. For more than 116 years, the utility has been municipally owned and operated, providing reliable power for the Auburn community.  

About Essential Services

Established in 2005, Auburn Essential Services (AES) is a municipal project that provides Internet, phone and TV services over a community-owned fiber optic network.

 

 

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