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News Releases : OPPD Board of Directors meeting recap

At its monthly meeting today, the Omaha Public Power District Board of Directors elected its new officers for 2018.

Mike Cavanaugh will serve as chair; Anne McGuire as vice chair; Mick Mines as treasurer; and Craig Moody as secretary.

The board also approved an amended and restated Interlocal Cooperation Agreement for a shared land mobile radio network between OPPD, Douglas and Washington counties in Nebraska and Pottawattamie County, Iowa. This action combines several separate agreements between these entities into a single cooperative agreement to share communication infrastructure and maintenance.

In addition, today, the board authorized awarding a contract to Boiler Tube Company of America in the amount of $3.7 million for material to be used in the replacement of the finishing superheater for the Nebraska City Station Unit 1 boiler. This project is necessary to maintain reliable generation.

Directors also approved a compensation adjustment for Kate Brown, vice president-Business Technology and Building Services. She received an increase of 5%, bringing her annual salary to $313,635. This action followed a closed-session performance review after Tuesday’s committee meetings. Previously, corporate officers’ annual reviews were designated to take place at the same time, in line with the rest of the company. However, in 2018, vice presidents’ performance reviews will align with their individual anniversary dates. This change was made to allow for a more in-depth individual review process.

In other actions, directors:

  • Approved a Resolution of Appreciation for Director Rich Hurley, who passed away in September, after a two-year battle with cancer. Hurley was elected to the board of directors in 2014 and represented Subdivision 1.
  • Received the president’s monthly utility report. You can view that report after it is posted by visiting
  • Accepted the monitoring report and policy revisions for Board Policy: Strategic Directive-6, relating to safety. The board evaluates all board policies on an annual basis.

Seeking public input

Directors are refining another board policy, Strategic Directive-13, relating to public stakeholder outreach and engagement. They are working to simplify policy language and increase public engagement. OPPD customer-owners are encouraged to review the proposed new policy and provide feedback via by Feb. 15.

Next meetings

Next month’s board committee meetings will start at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13. The monthly board meeting will be Thursday, Feb. 15, at 4 p.m. Both meetings will take place at OPPD’s Energy Plaza, 444 S. 16th St., Omaha.

The meetings are livestreamed at as part of the district’s commitment to transparency, while making public meetings accessible and convenient for our customer-owners.