Sioux Center Municipal Utilities Manager Murray Hulstein has been elected to serve on the board of directors for Missouri River Energy Services.
Missouri River Energy Services (MRES) is an organization of 61 member municipal utilities in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Under the board’s direction, MRES supplies these member utilities, including Sioux Center Municipal Utilities, with energy and energy services.
At the Dec. 17 meeting of the MRES board, Hulstein was one of two new directors elected to fill seats vacated by retiring directors. Hulstein will serve as a director representing Iowa members of MRES. John Prescott, city manager of the City of Vermillion, S.D. will serve as a director representing South Dakota members. Hulstein and Prescott will assume their new roles on Jan. 1, 2021.
Harold Schiebout, of Sioux Center, is retiring as an MRES board members and previous chair of the board. He will stay on in an advisory role as chair emeritus beginning Jan. 1, 2021, to help with a smooth transition.
Schiebout has served 44 years on the Missouri River Energy Services (MRES) board of directors, and 34 of those years as chair of the board. Along with Schiebout’s service to community-owned power on the MRES board, he also served as the Sioux Center Utilities Manager for more than 30 years and City Manager for more than 20 years, and in total worked for the city and utilities for five decades.
“I’m excited about the future of Missouri River and its members,” Schiebout said. “This is a time of challenges, but also a time of great opportunities. With the abundant knowledge and experience of the new officers and board members, I know MRES will continue to be in good hands.”