CEO Search Update

When the Board of Directors of the Omaha Public Power District set out to find a successor to President and CEO W. Gary Gates, we knew we had a vital decision in front of us. The utility industry is changing rapidly and we know our customer-owners expect us to provide affordable, reliable and environmentally sensitive energy services.

We were pleased to have so many great finalists for the position and are very happy to announce that Timothy J. Burke will become the next President and Chief Executive Officer of OPPD.

Tim knows energy, having served in both the natural gas and electricity businesses for more than 30 years. His industry knowledge, strategic focus and leadership skills were the strongest of the candidates we interviewed. At OPPD, he focused on the customer experience, including customer service, operations analysis and environmental compliance. Also important is Tim’s commitment to the community. He is just the leader we were seeking.

We also would like to thank all the candidates and those members of the public who took part in the process this year. It was the most transparent process we have ever undertaken.

The job description was posted through various professional outlets and through the recruiting firm hired by OPPD, the Board interviewed the four finalists individually, much of those interviews was open to the public (see agenda),  and members of the public had the opportunity to discuss topics with the finalists one-on-one at a public forum. Public input was solicited throughout the process.

The Board of Directors discussed the finalists in an open session at the Board Committee meetings on March 17. Afterwards, a resolution was drawn up by the Governance Committee. The resolution was posted online March 18. During our monthly Board meeting on March 19, we passed that resolution in open session, appointing Tim to the interim position of Chief Operations Officer. He will serve in that capacity through May 10, when he will take over as President and CEO (see employment contract). We are confident Tim is the right leader to keep the customer first as OPPD moves into the future.

Mr. Gates agreed to remain at OPPD until May 10 to assist with the transition. At the April 16 Board meeting, Mr. Gates presented his final State of the Utility report. The Board also paid tribute to Mr. Gates and his 43-year career with OPPD (view video).

Thank you for taking part in this process,

Thank you,

Anne McGuire
OPPD Board of Directors Chair