- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The Omaha Public Power District has reopened its search for a new CEO, pledging to adhere to state public disclosure laws.

The utility’s board chairwoman Anne McGuire announced the new hiring process Tuesday to address concerns about the way OPPD handled its initial search.

Last week, the Omaha World-Herald threatened to sue the utility after its board interviewed four finalists for the CEO job in secret and refused to release the finalists’ names.

The board said Thursday it wanted to choose OPPD Vice President Tim Burke to replace retiring CEO Gary Gates, but it delayed action.

Now Burke and any other candidates will be asked to reapply, and finalists who interview will be disclosed and participate in a public forum. The new hiring process is outlined at www.OPPDListens.com .

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