City names interim Austin Energy GM

February 11, 2010

Austin Business Journal

Assistant City Manager Robert Goode Wednesday was named interim Austin Energy general manager, effective later this month.

Beginning Feb. 26, Goode will assume the role from retiring leader Roger Duncan, while officials commence a nationwide search for a permanent successor.

The city commissioned search firm Mycoff, Fry and Prouse LLC to assistant in the hiring, which is expected to take about four months. Public Works Director Howard Lazarus will fill Goode’s assistant management role until a permanent Austin Energy manger is found. An interim replacement for Lazarus was not announced.

Goode has served as assistant city manager since March 2008, and he is primarily responsible for overseeing the aviation, code compliance, public works, solid waste and transportation departments.

"Robert has a proven track record as a professional manager and an expert in engineering and operations that I believe will keep [Austin Energy] on track during the search," City Manager Marc Ott said.

The retiring general manager leaves the top city-owned utility post after about two years of service. Previously, Duncan served two terms on the Austin City Council and was hired to manage environmental and conservation services in 1989. He become vice president at Austin Energy in charge of conservation, renewables and environmental policy vice president role in 1998 before becoming general manager.

Austin Energy is the ninth largest public electric utility in the country with about 400,000 customers and annual revenues totaling more than $1 billion, the group claims. The plant serves a 437-square-mile-area including parts of Travis and Williamson counties.

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