GridNEXT 2018 Speaker
Jim started with the City in 1986 as the Public Works Staff Engineer. He later served as the City’s Director of Community Owned Utilities until 2000 when he was promoted to the position of ACM/Utility Operations. Responsible for the strategic planning for the utility, Jim has guided the utility through years of high growth as well as times of economic recession; each economic period with its own complexities and challenges.
Throughout his career, Jim has served as a representative to state and regional utility planning boards, professional and trade associations.
Jim is a graduate of Texas A&M University, with a Bachelor’s Degree from the College of Agricultural Engineering in Mechanized Systems. Working for the City of Bryan Engineering Department while attending Texas A&M University, Jim acquired a solid background in issues related to the municipal utility field. After graduation, Jim spent time in the commercial construction industry in Houston before coming to Central Texas. Jim has earned his certification as a Certified Water Operator and Public Power Executive from the American Public Power Association. Jim serves currently as a board member and past President of the Texas Public Power Association and the Association of Wholesale Customers of the Lower Colorado River Authority. He also serves as Treasurer to Public Power Incorporated (Hometown Connections), a for profit affiliate of American Public Power Association.
Spending time on volunteer efforts, Jim serves on the Board of Directors of Georgetown’s Community Spotlight. He has served as Treasurer of Williamson County Emergency Services District #8 and with numerous other local service organizations. Jim and his family are members of the First Presbyterian Church Georgetown.