KPP News

The City of Marion, Kansas is seeking applications for the position of Electrical Distribution Supervisor. Marion offers a small town environment with a low cost of living, nationally recognized schools, and lots of family oriented friendly people. As a lifestyle bonus, your work location is located in the middle of the of one of the best recreational areas in Central Kansas.

We offer a stable leadership career with a progressive team. All work sites are exclusively local allowing for amazing quality of work life balance. Our team is extremely safety conscientious and enjoys an excellent benefit package including Health, Dental, and Life Insurance, Paid Holidays, Vacation, Sick Leave, and Retirement plan is provided. Salary is based on experience in system operations, project management, and team development skills.

Position duties include but are not limited to: Distribution system design, construction, maintenance, and repair of electrical lines (overhead & underground) on a dual voltage system serving 2,000 families and their businesses. Successful applicants will possess the demonstrated abilities to operate all types of equipment necessary to maintain our electrical distribution system that has a proud history of dependable and reliable service for over 100 years. Qualifications include journeyman certification, verifiable work history including troubleshooting, problem solving, and safe work record. CDL license or ability to obtain is required. The City of Marion supports and maintains a drug free workplace and pre-employment drug testing is required.

Applicants must be willing to meet the City of Marion residency requirements.

Applications are available at or at City Hall located at 208 E. Santa Fe, Marion, Kansas 66861. Applications accepted until May 31, 2017 or until position is filled. EOE

KPP member Winfield Electric Utility is once again recognized for its continuing effort in maintaining a reliable, safe utility as recognized by the American Public Power Association.  Winfield was one of only three Kansas public power utilities to be named as a Gold Level member of APPA's RP3 program, which recognizes utilities that demonstrate high proficiency in reliability, safety, work force development, and system improvement.  See more about the program in APPA News: Public power utilities earn recognition for reliable, safe service.

From the Parsons Sun:

Erie approves flag for 150th celebration - Parsons Sun: News

Plans for Erie’s 150th birthday this year continue to progress, and the sesquicentennial now has an official flag.

The Kansas Power Pool, a public power agency that provides energy and transmission services to 24 public power utilities in Kansas, says that by partnering with GridLiance it is gaining the expertise and staffing support it needs to deal with increasingly complex North American Electric Reliability Corporation compliance requirements and to pursue transmission projects that would benefit its members and their region.

In a teleconference meeting on January 12th, the KPP Board of Directors took up the customary January business of electing officers for the present year.

Following well established precedent of rotation, officers unanimously elected by the Board are:

Brad Modlin, Mulvane, President

Larry Paine, Hillsboro, 1st Vice President

Barry Hodges, Minneapolis, 2nd Vice President

Also elected unanimously was Rex Reynolds, Mount Hope, as Secretary/Treasurer.  Barring unforeseen circumstances, it is expected these officers will serve until January 2018 when new officers will be elected.

Outgoing President, Stan Luke, Burlington, was commended for his service and leadership in helping to guide KPP activities during 2016 centered on securing the possibility of future transmission resources as well as power purchase and capacity payment contract matters.

In the January Board meeting, it was also noted that one seat on the KPP Board became vacant near the end of 2016 and remains an unexpired term for approximately one year.  According to KPP’s governing documents, unexpired terms are filled by an official action of the Board.  However, the Board voted to temporarily table consideration of a new member pending resolution of KPP power purchase agreement matters.

The unexpired term is due to the resignation of James Ging.  James, who was otherwise in line to become KPP Board President this month, joined the KPP Staff on January 1st as its Director of Engineering Services.