General Manager

Indianola Municipal Utilities (IMU) is accepting applications for the position of General Manager.

IMU is governed by a five-member Board of Trustees appointed by the Indianola mayor and confirmed by the city council for staggered six-year terms. IMU employs thirty-eight staff members, of which twenty-six are represented by Municipal Laborers’ Local #353.  IMU generates approximately $18.8 million in revenue annually and utility rates are established locally by the Board of Trustees.


Introduction to Indianola

Indianola’s population is just over 16,000, which represents an increase of 5.3% compared to five years ago. It is a growing city located just minutes south of Iowa’s capital city of Des Moines and within 15 minutes of the Des Moines International Airport.  Indianola Community School District has about 3,600 students with a graduation rate of 96% and in 2019, U.S. News and World Report ranked Indianola High School #12 in the Des Moines, IA Metro Area.

Indianola has a wide variety of social, charitable, athletic and civic activities itself and its proximity to Des Moines provides many additional similar opportunities. The National Balloon Classic brings nearly 75,000 visitors to Indianola each year. Indianola’s Bike Night brings about 10,000 people to the town square one Friday night each month during the summer.


Utility Highlights

Electric – IMU serves the electric requirements of the citizens of Indianola located within its designated service territory.  IMU currently maintains approximately 6,500 electric meters with average annual sales of over 124,000,000 kWh’s and an annual peak demand of 33.2MW, and total revenue of approximately $14,900,000. 

IMU purchases wholesale electricity from the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska (MEAN).  IMU also owns just over 40MW of generating capacity and three points of 69KV transmission access to provide redundant service in the event of an outage.

IMU is proud to have earned Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) recognition from the American Public Power Association (APPA).  The RP3 designation is earned by public power utilities that exemplify the highest standards of utility operations and that are leading the way in providing reliable and safe electric service to their communities. 

Water – IMU serves the water requirements of the citizens of Indianola located within its designated service territory.  IMU currently maintains approximately 6,300 water meters with average annual sales of over 370,000,000 gallons and total revenue of approximately $2.39 million. 

IMU gets its water from the Cambrian-Jordan Sandstone Aquifer, which lies approximately 2,600 feet below ground level.  IMU owns and operates four deep water wells that pump an average of one million gallons of raw water per day.  The water plant is designed to treat 3.3 million gallons a day and so it is currently at approximately one third of that capacity.  Once the treatment process is completed the water is pumped through a 20 inch, high-service main to be stored in one of the two IMU water towers which can supply the city with two days of usage without implementing any emergency conservation measures.

Communications – IMU serves the broadband fiber demands of the citizens of Indianola by providing Internet, television and phone services.  In the last two years, IMU built out the fiber network to cover the full community and is currently working diligently to sign up new customers.  IMU’s fiber optic network is a robust fiber-to-the-premise system that offers outstanding connectivity, reliability and redundancy.  The network also includes dedicated dark fiber for use by Indianola Municipal Utilities, the City of Indianola, Warren County and Indianola Community Schools. 


IMU Opportunities/Challenges

IMU has been a valued part of the Indianola community for over 100 years, and is staffed with a dedicated, experienced workforce. Following are the most significant opportunities and challenges the next General Manager will need to help IMU manage:

  • Continue the installation of fiber-to-the-home to accomplish the goals established in the initial business plan to ensure the long-term independent financial viability of the communications utility and compliance with debt covenants and repayment terms;
  • Work to ensure the long-term financial viability of IMU through strategic planning, analysis of rate structures, ongoing review of cost structures, capital project planning and financial forecasting;
  • Active engagement in the leadership of MEAN to ensure access to low cost wholesale electricity; and
  • Development of IMU staff for future succession.

Compensation & Benefits
Compensation will be commensurate with experience. Candidates should indicate compensation expectations in materials submitted.  IMU offers a generous comprehensive benefit package including medical insurance, vacation, holidays, and a defined benefit pension plan with the Iowa Public Employees Retirement system.


The IMU General Manager is expected to relocate to Indianola within six months of starting employment and must live within the city limits of Indianola or at an address served by the IMU electric utility. Some assistance with the cost of relocation may be available.



Under Iowa law the recruitment process may be kept confidential on a limited basis in certain circumstances. Candidates desiring confidentiality should clearly mark their resume and cover letter with “Confidentiality Requested.”




How to Apply

Resumes, including three professional references, and cover letters will be accepted via email only by Chris Longer, IMU Finance and Human Resources Director at  Questions may be directed to Chris at this same address.

Resumes will be accepted until filled, however those received by August 1, 2019 will be given first consideration. Resumes received after that date may or may not be considered depending on the outcome of the consideration of those received by the priority deadline. Materials received by regular mail, ground delivery or fax may be discarded without consideration.


The Process

Brief telephone interviews may be conducted with select candidates with in person on site interviews for select candidates with the entire IMU Board of Trustees.  It is anticipated that a selection will be made immediately thereafter, with a target start date of October 1, 2019 but no later than December 1, 2019.


Other Important Information

IMU is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Offers are contingent on passing a background check and pre-employment physical and drug test.


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