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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.

BPU District Map
Meet Our Board of Directors

Click image to see biography of each board member.

Front row (L to R) Rose Mulvany Henry , Tom Groneman, Mary L. Gonzales and David Haley. Back row (L to R) Stevie Wakes, Sr. and Brett Parker.
Contact Your Board Member

Tom Groneman
President

Member Second District

 

Elected 2013-2017

Re-elected 2017-2021

Re-elected 2021-2025


Mr. Groneman is a lifelong Wyandotte County resident, graduating from Wyandotte High School in 1965. In 1969, he graduated from Bethany College, Lindsborg, Kansas with a Bachelor's Degree in Business/Economics. Following college he entered the United States Navy and was trained as a Vietnamese linguist. Groneman was stationed for 15 months at the Naval Communications Station, Philippines, where he was assigned to temporary active duty with the Commander of Carrier Division 5/Task Force 77 aboard the USS Enterprise, USS Kitty Hawk and USS Constellation. He finished his tour at the National Security Agency, Fort Meade, Maryland.


After the military, he returned to Wyandotte County and worked briefly as a probation officer for the 29th Judicial District. In 1975, he was appointed Register of Deeds to fill out the unexpired term of Jack Reardon who had been elected mayor. Groneman was subsequently elected to seven consecutive four-year terms as Register of Deeds.


In 2003, newly elected Governor Kathleen Sebelius asked Tom to join her staff in Topeka as Director of Alcoholic Beverage Control for the State of Kansas. Tom commuted for nearly eight years between Kansas City and Topeka until the change in administrations in 2011. During his time in public service, Tom has served in numerous positions on various state and national organizations.


Tom and his wife, Kay, have two children, Brooke and Jared and four grandchildren.

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) 573-9025 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

Jeremy Ash
Chief Operating Officer

 

Johnetta M. Hinson Executive Director Customer Service

Maurice Moss
Executive Director Corporate Compliance

Jerin Purtee
Executive Director Electric Supply

Steve Green
Executive Director Water Operations

Darrin McNew
Executive Director Electric Operations

Don Stahl
Executive Director Electric Production

Lori C. Austin
Chief Financial Officer/Chief
Administrative Officer

David E. Mehlhaff
Chief Communications Officer

Jerry Sullivan
Chief Information
Officer

Jeremy Ash
Chief Operating Officer

Johnetta M. Hinson
Executive Director Customer Service

Maurice Moss
Executive Director Corporate Compliance

Jerin Purtee
Executive Director Electric Supply  

Steve Green
Executive Director Water Operations

Darrin McNew
Executive Director Electric Operations

Don Stahl
Executive Director Electric Production

Your BPU Management Staff
  • Ingrid Setzler
    Director Environmental Services
  • Mike Fergus
    Director of Electric Distribution & Services
  • Brian D. Laverack
    Director Network Operations
  • Randy J. Otting
    Director Accounting
  • Marshall Robinett
    Director Water Distribution
  • Dustin Miller
    Director of Applications
  • Patrick J. Morrill
    Director Electrical Engineering
  • Chris J. Stewart
    Director Civil Engineering
  • Patrice E. Townsend
    Director Utility Services
  • Dennis Dumovich
    Director of Human Resources
  • Jody Franchett
    Director Administrative Services
  • Steve Nirschl
    Director Water Processing
  • Andrew Ferris
    Director Electric Supply Planning
  • Becky Aldinger
    Director of Purchasing & Supply Chain
  • Doug Bowen
    Director Electric Production Operations & Maintenance
  • Scott Paramore
    Acting Director of Substation
    Engineering & Operations
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