Public Utilities Director

GMP Consulting | Brainerd, MN

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Posted Date 4/30/2024


Hiring salary range: $127,171-$141,690 annually DOQ.

Position salary range to $151,382.

Performance-based salary opportunity to up $169,541.


The City of Brainerd is seeking a Public Utilities Director for this vibrant community nestled in the heart of Minnesota's lake country. With 14,679 residents, Brainerd is the largest city in Crow Wing County and serves as the county seat and regional hub.  

Incorporated in 1881, the City of Brainerd is governed by a Mayor and a seven-member City Council elected to four-year terms. The City has an operating budget of $13.1 million. In addition, the Public Utilities Department’s operating budget is $34.1 million. Brainerd Public Utilities (BPU) is a municipal utility providing electric, water, and wastewater services to the City of Brainerd, parts of the City of Baxter, and surrounding townships. BPU has a 2024 operating budget of $34.1 million, a team of 50 FTEs, and divisions that include Electric Distribution and Hydro Generation, Water, and Wastewater.


The Public Utilities Director provides leadership and direction relating to the Brainerd Public Utilities (BPU) Department municipal utilities systems including electric distribution and hydro generation, water treatment and distribution, and wastewater treatment facilities. Work is performed under the supervision of the City Administrator with oversight and guidance from the City of Brainerd Public Utilities Commission. The Director exercises general and administrative supervision over all BPU employees either directly or through supervisory staff. This position requires a high degree of communication skills to establish and maintain a positive and productive work environment.



This is a unique opportunity to lead the largest department for the City of Brainerd in the heart of Minnesota’s north-central tourist vacationland. The new Director will oversee an exceptional utility operation for a progressive and entrepreneurial community. Reporting to the City Administrator with policy guidance and oversight from the Public Utilities Commission, the Director will be on the leading edge of major infrastructure improvement projects and renewable energy initiatives. This municipal utility system has stable finances and is well-maintained and operated by experienced and knowledgeable staff. This position also provides many innovative and exciting initiatives on the horizon—all in a family-friendly community with an exceptional quality of life. 


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More Information: GMP Consultants is assisting the City of Brainerd with this search. Learn more at The City of Brainerd is an Equal Opportunity Employer. First Review is June 2, 2024.

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