BRYAN -- Bryan Texas Utilities (BTU) General Manager Dan Wilkerson has announced his retirement effective June 30, after 34 years of service to BTU and its customers.
In his retirement letter, Mr. Wilkerson stated: “I have seen many things improve over the years, and I believe the employees of BTU who brought about those changes are the best in the country.”
BTU has grown from 29,300 customers in 1984, when Mr. Wilkerson began to manage BTU, to 49,700 customers today. Under Mr. Wilkerson’s leadership, BTU's employees have kept rates below the level they were in 1984; improved working efficiencies with new technology so that 170 employees now do what 203 did in 1984; reduced outages both in number and duration; entered wholesale competition in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas and competed successfully with large corporations; and financially planned the utility for rate stability, a good cash flow, and balanced debt obligations so that BTU carries an A+ credit with Rating Agencies.
“Dan has been a true servant to BTU’s customers. In my opinion Dan is without peer in the municipal electric industry,” Bryan’s Interim City Manager Kean Register said. Bryan Mayor Jason Bienski added, “I want to thank Dan for 34 years of service to Bryan taxpayers and BTU ratepayers. Whoever fills his role in the future definitely has big shoes to fill.”
Mr. Register indicated he will spend the time between now and June 30, determining the best process to fill the General Manager position at BTU