The City of Garden City is hiring for an Electric Department Superintendent. This position is responsible for the administrative and operational activities of the Garden City Electric Utility; electric transmission and electric distribution systems. Reports directly to the Electrical Operations Manager.
Assists in the planning and directing of the work activities of the transmission and distribution crews.
Assists in the development of, and monitoring of department budget.
Oversees, monitors, and recommends departmental personnel management including hiring, discipline, and performance evaluation of assigned employees.
Formulates and monitors department rules and regulations including work assignments, safety practices, and procedures, training and certification, maintenance schedules, equipment, and inventory.
Provides technical assistance for electric contract negotiations as required.
Responsible for planning and implementing with other professional and technical expertise for improvements necessary and upgrades to the distribution system.
Responds to communication or inquiries from government agencies and the general public.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Skill in modern techniques and practices for budgeting, department personnel management and electric distribution technology. Knowledge of state and federal safety rules and procedures. Ability to communicate and cooperate with City employees, other City Departments, other utility company officials, government agencies, and the general public. Ability to maintain the necessary expertise of the electrical distribution system technology in the future.
Education, Certification and Experience: High school diploma or GED. Graduation from a college or university with a degree in electrical engineering, business or public administration preferred. Minimum ten years supervisory experience including budget development and department level administration experience with an electric utility required any combination acceptable to City. Valid Kansas driver’s license or ability to obtain with six months required.
The City of Garden City operates under a Commission-Manager form of government with the five-member City Commission elected to overlapping four-year terms of office. The five members of the City Commission are elected to overlapping four-year terms of office. An election for City Commissioners is held every odd-numbered year. The mayor is elected to a one-year term by the Commissioners.
The City Manager is appointed by the City Commission and is charged with the efficient and effective administration of the City. The current City Manager has served in the position since 2008 and is the third City Manager since 1953. The City of Garden City is a full-service City, employs 370 full-time staff, and has a 2022 annual operating budget of $173,774,541.
The Garden City Electric Department is responsible for providing electric utility needs within the city's corporate boundaries. The municipal electric utility was established in 1914 and currently serves approximately 11,500 meters on a complete AMI system. Garden City is a Kansas Municipal Energy Agency (KMEA) member with an electrical system peak of 78 MW plus; an additional 14 MW of new industrial load is coming online in the sum...mer of 2023. The utility owns and operates three Siemens SGT – 400 9 MW (27 MW Total) natural gas turbines and 13 distribution substations, two of which are connected directly to the bulk transmission system. The distribution system includes approximately 249 miles of overhead lines and 82 miles of underground lines at operating grounded Y voltages of 2400/4160, 7200/12,470, and a 19,200/ 34,500 sub-transmission system. There are 32 positions within the department with an annual budget of approximately $43M. The American Public Power Association recognizes the utility as an RP3 Platinum member for 2021-2023.