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03/22/2019
BPU Hires New General Manager

William-Johnson(KANSAS CITY, Kan.) — The Kansas City Board of Public Utilities (BPU) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that William (Bill) Johnson has been hired as the new general manager for the utility.

“We were extremely fortunate to choose from a capable pool of candidates,” said BPU Board President, Norm Scott. “After an extensive national search and careful consideration, we’re certain that Bill Johnson is the right person for the job. As Board President, I am looking forward to working with Bill”, Scott added.

Johnson has worked at BPU for more than 39 years and most recently served as Manager of Electric Operations & Technology. Mr. Johnson earned an MBA from Ottawa University in 2007.

He began his career at KCBPU in an entry-level position and worked his way up through the ranks into an executive level position prior to being appointed General Manager. His previous position included directing KCBPU Electric Operation & Technology division activities; including but not limited to, Electric Transmission and Distribution, Electric Engineering, Information Technology, Telecommunications, and Fleet Maintenance.

Over his career, he has sponsored many large utility projects including modernizing BPU’s electric infrastructure and he has played a key role in introducing some of the utility’s most advanced enterprise technology systems designed to improve utility operations.

He is past President of Kansas Municipal Utilities, a current board member for the Kansas City Kansas United Way, and past board member of the Boys & Girls Club. He is a member of the American Public Power Association (APPA) and the Rocky Mountain Electric League (RMEL).

He is also past president of the Kansas-Missouri chapter of the American Association of Blacks in Energy. He received the distinguished “Black Achievers Award” from the Southern Christian Leadership Council and the “Black Man of Distinction Award” from the Friends of Yates.

Bill lives in Kansas City, Kansas. He is married to Kim Johnson and they have two daughters.

About BPU

BPU’s water department was originally created in 1909, and its electric utility was operational in 1912. The purpose of the utility, then and to this day, is to provide the highest quality electric and water services at the lowest possible cost. Today the publicly owned utility serves approximately 65,000 electric and 51,000 water customers, primarily in Wyandotte County, Kansas. The mission of the utility and its employees is “to focus on the needs of our customers, to improve the quality of life in our community while promoting safe, reliable and sustainable utilities.” BPU’s Web site is www.bpu.com.

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