Columbus, Neb. – The Nebraska Public Power District Board of Directors Thursday re-elected Ken Kunze of York as its chairman for 2017. Also elected were Gary Thompson of Beatrice as first vice chairman, Tom Hoff of Broken Bow as second vice chairman, and Jerry Chlopek of Columbus as secretary.
“I am pleased to have the opportunity to lead the NPPD Board for another year,” Kunze stated. “Public power is an essential ingredient to the economic strength of Nebraska. NPPD and the Board of Directors continue to seek opportunities that show the importance of public power by providing low cost, reliable, and sustainable electricity to customers throughout the state.”
The former mayor of York began his first term of office on the NPPD Board of Directors in 2009 and was re-elected to a second term that began in 2015. Previously, Kunze served as first vice chairman in 2014 and 2015, and was the nuclear committee chairman during 2013 and 2014. He represents Subdivision 7, which consists of York, Polk, Nance, Merrick, Hamilton, Adams and Clay counties.
A graduate of the University of Nebraska-Kearney, Kunze owned a real estate company in York for more than 36 years, retiring in 2016. He served as York’s mayor from 1988 to 1996 and also served as president of the Nebraska League of Municipalities in 1995. He was also a member of the Nebraska Power Review Board, serving from 2000 to 2008.
The Board of Directors also elected NPPD Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Traci Bender as treasurer, re-appointed Donna Starzec assistant treasurer and Christine Pillen deputy assistant treasurer. Jan Modelski was re-appointed as assistant secretary and Sandra Keefover as deputy assistant secretary. All are from Columbus.