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At their February 4th special meeting, the Board of Water, Electric, and Communications Trustees (the Board) took action to authorize Board Chairperson Keith Porter, to extend an offer for the general manager position. Gage Huston, Muscatine Power and Water’s (MP&W’s) Director of Power Production and Supply, accepted the general manager position effective April 1st, 2019. Sal LoBianco, the current general manager, will retire with thirty-nine years of service to MP&W and the Muscatine community.
In July of 2018, the Board retained Mycoff, Fry, and Prouse, LLC, to conduct a nationwide search to generate qualified and experienced candidates for the position. Ms. Lanie Mycoff, Managing Director, led the MP&W search. Mycoff delivered a long list of candidates to the Board’s search committee in October. According to Mycoff, numerous candidates took interest in the Muscatine position because, “MP&W is a good-sized municipal utility that offers multiple services with intriguing projects addressing future power supply needs, completing the Fiber to the Home Project and water system expansion, and construction of a new transmission line. In addition, MP&W has a history of being a well-managed, reliable service provider with competitive rates. It’s a big energy and water producer compared to utilities in similarly-sized communities.”
Board members interviewed multiple candidates from across the Midwest throughout December and January. “We were impressed with the candidates presented for our consideration. We were pleased to interview candidates which had experience providing multiple utility services, including telecommunications services, and had general manager/CEO experience. In the end, however, we unanimously felt Gage was the best fit to lead MP&W into the future,” Porter offered.
With sixteen years at MP&W, Mr. Huston started at the Power Generating Station as an electrical engineer and quickly advanced within MP&W, holding positions of increasing responsibility. He completed his MBA from the University of Iowa in 2010 and has served as part of MP&W’s Senior Leadership Team since 2011.
Huston and LoBianco will use the time between now and April 1st to plan for the orderly transition of general manager responsibilities. The Board extends its appreciation to Mr. LoBianco for his service; a retirement celebration for LoBianco will take place later this spring.
Mr. Huston, his wife, Sara, and family moved from their hometown of Durant to Muscatine in 2014, to live in the community in which he served. Mr. Huston actively participates in several local non-profit organizations, including the American Red Cross, United Way, the Young Professionals Network of Muscatine, Junior Achievement, and the American Cancer Society. He recently completed a term on the Board of Directors for the Muscatine Community YMCA and is currently serving on the Board of Directors for Muscatine Charities and the Advisory Committee for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Muscatine.

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