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November 10, 2020


Modesto Irrigation District appoints former leader of Moorhead Public Service as General Manager
Bill Schwandt to lead MID's water and power operations

The Modesto Irrigation District (MID) Board of Directors appointed Bill Schwandt as the District's General Manager during their November 10 Board meeting. Schwandt joins MID following a 35-year career with Moorhead Public Service in Moorhead, Minnesota. He had served as Moorhead Public Service's General Manager for 28 years.

"Bill's strong leadership and strategic vision will drive our continued efforts to maintain operational excellence and protect our long-standing water rights," said MID Board President Paul Campbell. "We look forward to the ideas and innovations he will bring to MID."

Schwandt's duties as General Manager of Moorhead Public Service included managing professional and technical teams in electric, water and telecommunications utilities under the Moorhead Public Service Commission. He led strategic planning, critical infrastructure planning development and management, and long-term water supply, power supply and transmission agreements and negotiations. He also served as the Vice President of the Missouri River Energy Services Board of Directors, Vice President of the Midwest Electric Consumers Association Board of Directors and President of the Western Minnesota Municipal Power Agency Board of Directors.

Schwandt received his bachelor's degree in electrical and electronics engineering from North Dakota State University and a master's degree in business administration from Minnesota State University Moorhead. He is a registered professional engineer in Minnesota.

"MID has a rich history and steadfast commitment to providing safe, reliable, affordable services. I'm looking forward to immersing myself in the organization and serving this community," said Schwandt. "Together we can build upon MID's successes and secure a promising future for our water and power supplies."

Beginning Tuesday, December 1, Schwandt will lead MID's day-to-day operations and more than 400 employees. His salary will be approximately $277,000.