The Florence Utility Commission has hired Kevin Inman as the new general manager for the community’s not-for-profit electric, natural gas, water, and wastewater utilities. Inman will take over the role from Bob Friberg, who will soon retire after nearly 50 years.
“We are pleased to welcome Kevin to his new role,” says Commission Chair Dennis Krueger. “While it goes without saying that he has big shoes to fill, we are confident that Kevin’s industry experience, commitment to teamwork, and passion for delivering safe, reliable, and affordable service will position our municipal utilities well for continued success.”
Inman, who was selected through an extensive search process, began work on March 1. Friberg plans to retire this spring. The two leaders will work together in the meantime to coordinate a smooth transition.
“Bob holds a wealth of industry knowledge and insight into our community’s local needs,” Krueger says. “We couldn’t be more appreciative of the care and skill he has poured into the general manager role over the course of his entire career, and also for his dedication to helping our next leader make a strong start.”
The Florence Utility Commission general manager is responsible for both day-to-day management activities and long-term planning, including overseeing the utilities’ financial health, operations, maintenance, and the purchase and delivery of both electricity and natural gas. Friberg took on the general manager role after graduating from UW-Madison in 1972. He also worked several summers prior to that as a utility employee.
Inman served most recently as General Manager for the Niobrara Electric Association in Lusk, Wyoming. He has worked for more than 15 years as a manager and safety expert in the utility industry and achieved the status of journeyman lineman and journeyman metering technician. Inman has expressed that he is pleased to return to his home state of Wisconsin and looks forward to becoming a part of community life in Florence.
Established in 1898, municipally owned and operated Florence Utility Commission serves more than 1,800 local homes and businesses. The not-for-profit utility has one main purpose: providing the best service at the lowest possible cost. Its operation is overseen by a three-member commission which is appointed by the town board. Local representation and control helps ensure all Florence citizens have a voice in how their utility works to meet the community’s needs.