Commissioner for the Cleveland Public Power

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Cleveland Public Power (CPP) is seeking a highly qualified, visionary leader to serve as its Commissioner

Cleveland, Ohio (population 396,815) is a vibrant, culturally diverse city located on the shores of Lake Erie. As the county seat of Cuyahoga County, Cleveland serves as a regional center, boasting abundant recreational, cultural, and educational opportunities.

Cleveland Public Power is one of the three utilities that make up the City of Cleveland’s Department of Public Utilities (DPU). DPU is comprised of Cleveland Water, Cleveland Public Power (CPP), and Cleveland Water Pollution Control. CPP is a self-sustaining business enterprise of the City of Cleveland, Ohio, Department of Public Utilities. CPP operates a municipal electric system that is the largest in the State of Ohio and ranks 35th out of 2,000 publicly owned electric utilities in the country.

The Commissioner needs to be knowledgeable in the principles, practices, and methods essential to lead an electric utility, including its governance, strategic direction, planning, and performance.  The Commissioner is responsible for an operating budget of $210 million and a staff that includes 302 FTEs (full-time equivalents), 204 FTEs are assigned to the electric operations and 98 FTEs handle planning and engineering, customer service, dispatch, sales, and administration. Approximately 80% of the employees belong to a labor union. The Commissioner reports directly to the Director of the Department of Public Utilities.

This position requires a bachelor’s degree preferably in Engineering, Business Administration, Public Administration or Finance and seven years of experience in a  utility system, preferably electric, five years of which have been in an administrative capacity. A master’s degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, or Engineering (Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, or Environmental) or closely related field is preferred. Candidates must demonstrate high-level knowledge of public utilities operations and familiarity with electric regulatory environment. Strong leadership experience including organizational decision-making and building a high-performing team is required. The ideal candidate will be a strategic thinker and self-starter skills in working with a governing board and possess knowledge and expertise on running a successful public utilities organization and experience working in a union environment. Exceptional communication, interpersonal, government relations skills required. The total compensation for this outstanding opportunity includes a starting salary range of $110,000 – $150,000 depending on experience and qualifications.

Qualified candidates please submit your cover letter and resume online by visiting our website at: This position is open until filled, however interested applicants are strongly encouraged to apply no later than October 4, 2021. This announcement will remain posted, and we will continue to accept applications until the City reaches an agreement with one finalist. For more information, please contact Patty Heminover at or by calling 651.968.7841.

For more information about CPP, see its website at Information about the City of Cleveland is available at

The City of Cleveland is an Equal Opportunity Employer.