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Schelkoph expected to replace Roos as MMU GM

MARSHALL — The Marshall Municipal Utilities Commission is expected to act next week on hiring a new general manager.

Earlier this week, members of the utilities commission held a special meeting and opted to go into employment discussions with David Schelkoph, one of two finalist candidates for the position.

Brad Roos, MMU’s current general manager, plans to retire later this summer.

The goal will be for MMU commissioners to consider an employment agreement with Schelkoph at their June 16 meeting, said Sharon Klumpp of Baker Tilly, the firm helping MMU conduct the search.

MMU commissioners conducted interviews with finalist candidates last week. Commissioners interviewed Schelkoph, and William Schwandt.

Schelkoph served as city administrator for Valley City, N.D., from 2012 until January 2020. He was also CEO of the West Plains Electric Cooperative in Dickinson, N.D., from 2000 to 2007, and has past work experience with Alliant Energy in Madison, Wisconsin.

Schwandt served as general manager of Moorhead Public Service in Moorhead from 1992 to 2020.

During that same time, he also was on the board of directors of Missouri River Energy Services and the Western Minnesota Municipal Power Agency.

At Tuesday’s meeting of the Marshall City Council, council member John DeCramer reported that interviews for MMU general manager went well. Input from Marshall Mayor Bob Byrnes and Marshall City Administrator Sharon Hanson, who took part in the interviews, was appreciated, he said.

DeCramer said MMU commissioners’ consensus was to offer the general manager position to Schelkoph.

“He’s got a nice wide range of experience in the utility business, having worked for an investor-owned utility, a co-op and a public utility,” DeCramer said. “He comes with a lot of experience and familiarity with our system and types of work.”

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