By Associated Press - Thursday, March 19, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The Omaha Public Power District’s next chief executive has been working for the southeast Nebraska utility since 1997.

OPPD’s board officially picked vice president Tim Burke Thursday to replace retiring CEO Gary Gates.

Burke was the board’s initial choice for CEO in January, but the utility was criticized for conducting its first search mostly in secret. The board conducted a second search, but again chose Burke.

The board voted to promote Burke Thursday. Initially, he will become chief operating officer before taking over as chief executive in May.

Burke’s salary will increase 35 percent to $481,829 after he becomes CEO.

OPPD serves more than 360,000 customers in 13 counties in southeast Nebraska.



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