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Leadership

Serving you. Serving the Community.

Your neighbors. Your BPU Board of Directors.

With your interests at heart and the goals of the community in mind, six Wyandotte County residents are elected to be your BPU Board of Directors. These board members proudly serve the county by establishing:

  • Policies and Practices
  • Customer Service Standards
  • Short- and Long-Term Planning Goals

The Board of Directors consists of three individuals elected at-large and three elected by district. Each serves a four-year term, with elections occurring every two years for three of the board positions. In addition, the Board is responsible for hiring a General Manager who administers day-to-day utility operations and serves as the BPU’s chief executive officer.

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Meet Your Board of Directors

Click image to see biography of each board member.

Front row (L to R) Rose Mulvany Henry , Robert L. Milan, Sr., Jeff Bryant and Mary L. Gonzales. Back row (L to R) Tom Groneman and Ryan Eidson.
Photo of Rober L Millan

Robert L. Milan, Sr.
President

Member First District

 

Elected 1991-1995

Re-elected 1995-1999

Re-elected 1999-2003

Re-elected 2003-2007

Re-elected 2007-2011

Re-elected 2011-2015

Re-elected 2015-2019

Re-elected 2019-2022


Mr. Milan has served on the BPU Board for over 25 years, having been first elected in 1991. In 2007, BPU recognized Mr. Milan’s dedication to the utility by naming a new Water Division facility in his honor, the Robert L. Milan, Sr. Pump Station and Reservoir.


Bob worked at the U.S. Department of Labor for 32 years, retiring as a Federal Representative. He is active in the Northeast Optimist Club and NAACP. In 2001, he served as State President of AARP. In 2010, the Directors of the Heritage Registry of Who’s Who announced the inclusion of Mr. Milan. He has received many awards, including being selected by the Kansas City Globe as one of the 100 most influential people in 1998.


A native of Kansas City, Kansas, he owned Milan’s Roller Arena and Bowling establishment for many years. Mr. Milan is a Sumner High School graduate and attended Kansas City Kansas Community College, the University of Kansas extension, Donnelly College, the University of Colorado, Temple University and Pioneer College.

To learn more about how your BPU Board of Directors are serving you, we invite you to join our Board meetings, which are normally on the first and third Wednesdays of each month, at 6:00 p.m. Please call (913) 573-9024 to confirm meeting dates and times. See the “NEWS” page for virtual meeting access. You can also contact your BPU Board of Directors via email.

 
Your BPU Executive Team

Lori C. Austin
Chief Financial Officer/Chief Administrative Officer

David E. Mehlhaff
Chief Communications Officer

Jerry Sullivan
Chief Information Officer

Johnetta M. Hinson Executive Director Customer Service

Jeremy Ash Executive Director Electric Operations

Dong T. Quach Executive Director Electric Production

Gerald P. Ohmes Sr.
Executive Director Electric Supply

Steve Green
Executive Director Water Operations

Lori C. Austin
Chief Financial Officer/Chief Administrative Officer

David E. Mehlhaff
Chief Communications Officer

Jerry Sullivan
Chief Information
Officer

Johnetta M. Hinson
Executive Director Customer Service

Jeremy Ash
Executive Director Electric Operations

Dong T. Quach
Executive Director Electric Production

Gerald P. Ohmes Sr.
Executive Director Electric Supply  

Steve Green
Executive Director Water Operations

Your BPU Management Staff
  • Ingrid Setzler
    Director Environmental Services
  • Sperlynn Byers
    Acting Director of Information Technology
  • Brian D. Laverack
    Director Network Operations
  • Randy J. Otting
    Director Accounting
  • Tung K. Nguyen
    Director Electric Production Engineering
  • Marshall Robinett
    Acting Director Water Distribution
  • Patrick J. Morrill
    Director Electrical Engineering
  • Jerin Purtee
    Director Electric System Control
  • Chris J. Stewart
    Director Civil Engineering
  • Patrice E. Townsend
    Director Utility Services
  • Dennis Dumovich
    Director of Human Resources
  • Jody Franchett
    Director Administrative Services
  • Glen Brendel
    Director Electric Production – Operations & Maintenance
  • Steve Nirschl
    Director Water Processing
  • Andrew Ferris
    Director Electric Supply Planning
  • Darrin McNew
    Director Electric Transmission & Substations
  • Mike Fergus
    Director of Electric Distribution & Services
  • Becky Aldinger
    Director of Purchasing & Supply Chain
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