AMU - The Company

Algona Municipal Utilities Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees meets at least once a month at the Algona Municipal Utilities office meeting room. For information regarding the Board of Trustees meeting times and dates, call (515) 295-3584. The meetings are open to the public at the following address.

Algona Municipal Utilities
104 West Call Street
Algona, Iowa  50511

Members of the AMU Board of Trustees are appointed on rotating six year terms by the Mayor of Algona and ratified by the Algona City Council.  Members of the board include:

Name and Title
Term Expires
Jay B Geving, Chairman
May 31, 2021
Walter Krahenbuhl, Chairman Pro Tem
May 31, 2017
David Golwitzer, Trustee
May 31, 2018
Karen Schaaf, Trustee
May 31, 2020
Julie Murphy, Trustee
May 31, 2019

 
Members of the AMU Board of Trustees
Front Row (L to R): Julie Murphy, Karen Schaaf
Back Row (L to R): Walt Krahenbuhl, Dave Golwitzer, Jay Geving
Photo Courtesy of Alyssa June Portraits

History of the Board of Trustees

The Algona City Council governed the electric and water utilities until 1951. Due to developments occurring in the utilities industry and ever increasing demands of running the utilities business, a separate Board of Trustees for Algona Municipal Utilities was proposed. Following a referendum, the board was established in June of 1951

The initial three-person Board of Trustees included M. Joseph Bradley, Glenn S. Buchanan, and C.R. McQuiston.  T. James Palmer was the superintendent of the utilities. The board was expanded to a five person board in the late 1970s.

Allen K. Buchanan succeeded his father Glen Buchanan, and is the longest serving member of the Board. His term of office started in 1953 and continued until his resignation in 1997.

 

Board members and terms since 1951

Glenn Buchanan
1951-1953
Allen K. Buchanan
1953-1997
Allan Bonde   
1979-2012
Joseph M. Bradley
1951-1958
Melvin Bay
1959-1969
Dennis Boik
1983-1984
Jane Germann
1979-1981
Jay B. Geving
1997-present
David Golwitzer
2012- present
Harry Greenberg
1969-1983
O.B. "Burt" Harmes
1958-1983
Walter Krahenbuhl
2005-present
C.R. "Pat" McQuiston
1951-1959
James B. Modrell
1983-2010
Julie Murphy
2010-present
Karen Schaaf
1981-present
Donald Schiltz
1984-2005
Ira Kohl, Board Secretary   
1951-1971
Paul Oldham, Board Secretary 
1971-2004
Brien Rindone, Board Secretary
2004-present
Scott Buchanan, Legal Counsel
1989-present

Vern McClure

James Andreasen

Russ Buchanan

Past Legal Counsel to AMU

Past Legal Counsel to AMU

Past Legal Counsel to AMU

 

AMU General Managers/Superintendents

C.C. Dudley City Superintendent
1898-1912
J.W. Kelly

Superintendent, Light & Water Department

1912-1938
C.U. Pollard

Superintendent, Light & Water Department

1938-1951
T. James Palmer General Manager
1951-1971
Nicholas Scholer General Manager
1971-1999
John Bilsten General Manager
1999-present