Vinita – Organizational changes at the Grand River Dam Authority, announced during Wednesday’s board of directors meeting, will better align the utility’s structure to meet new needs and areas of compliance.
GRDA Chief Executive Officer/Director of Investments Dan Sullivan announced the changes, which will include moving Chief Technical Officer Tim Brown to the Chief Operations Officer (COO) position, while former COO Mike Kiefner will now be leading GRDA’s Land and Property Management Department. Those changes will become effective May 1.
“We are completing this small reorganization to better utilize the skills and expertise which Mr. Brown and Mr. Kiefner bring to GRDA,” said Sullivan. “This will allow them to put a greater focus on these key areas.”
Kiefner joined GRDA in 2004. During his eight year tenure with the Authority he has also served as GRDA General Counsel. During much of 2011, Kiefner also led GRDA as interim CEO.
Kiefner received his Juris Doctorate from Oklahoma City University. From 1994 to 2004, he served as Oklahoma State Senate Staff Attorney. Prior to that, he served as General Counsel for a large Oklahoma-based financial institution. In his new role as GRDA Assistant General Manager of Land and Property Management, he will manage the Authority’s property inventory which includes property related to GRDA’s lakes, comprehensive electric transmission system and other properties across Northeast Oklahoma.
Brown joined GRDA in 2011 after serving the previous four years as Vice President of Engineering and Operations at Maine Public Service Company in Presque Isle, Maine. His background includes utility Operations, Rates, Power Supply and Financial Planning.
Brown earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maine. He has also completed undergraduate and graduate level courses in Auburn University’s MBA program. He has worked in the electric utility industry since 1988.
Since joining GRDA last year, Brown has been involved in many phases of the Authority’s complex operations. His role as COO will better position him to oversee those functions going forward.
“GRDA is fortunate to have this kind of expertise on staff and we feel this new structure will allow us to continue to meet the mission before us and achieve results that benefit our ratepayer and the people of Oklahoma,” said Sullivan.
Headquartered in Vinita, GRDA is Oklahoma’s state-owned electric utility; fully funded by revenues from electric and water sales instead of taxes. Directly or indirectly, GRDA’s low-cost, reliable; electricity serves nearly 500,000 homes in Oklahoma and stretches into 75 of 77 counties in the state. At no cost to Oklahoma taxpayers, GRDA also manages 70,000 surface acres of lakes in the state, including Grand Lake, Lake Hudson and the W.R. Holway Reservoir. Today, GRDA’s 500 employees continue to produce the same “power for progress” that has benefited the state for 75 years.
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