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August 20, 2009

City names new electric utility director

EDMOND — The City of Edmond announced Monday the hiring of Tim Berringer to fill the position of director of the municipal electric utility, Edmond Electric. Berringer’s expected start date is by the end of September. The position was vacated in July when Charlie Burgett retired after leading the utility for 17 years.

“Tim’s work experiences in the electric power industry is broad, which includes public power, investor-owned electric utility, responsible for distribution planning and operations and being a major customer of several electric utilities across the country, has provided him with a unique understanding of the industry from many perspectives and this knowledge will be a great benefit for Edmond Electric and its customers,” said Assistant City Manager of Operations Jerry Smith. The electric utility is part of the city’s operations functions.

Berringer has 20 years of professional experience, most recently with Union Pacific Railroad as the manager of electrical design. His experience includes working for a utility in the field, in distribution planning and at a power plant. He worked with rate structures, electrical studies, economic analysis, field personnel and budgets. He has extensive experience in standards and operations concerning design, construction, maintenance and safety.

Prior to the position with Union Pacific, Berringer was the electrical distribution engineer with MidAmerican Energy Corporation and planning engineer with Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD). In his role at NPPD, Berringer was responsible for short and long term electrical plans for cities with populations of over 5,000. He performed power supply planning and forecasting for future substation sites.

“I believe that the positions I’ve held at a public and investor-owned utility along with my present duties at Union Pacific Railroad have prepared me for director of Edmond Electric,” Berringer said. “I enjoy all aspects of the electric utility business such as electrical engineering, managing personnel, and last but definitely not least, interacting with the public.”

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