The McPherson Board of Public Utilities delivers some of the lowest-cost and most reliable power and water in the State. However, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do as well as we do without our people. For this reason, we want to showcase those people who significantly impact our business and community with an “Employee Spotlight.”

On Tuesday, the 28th, it was announced that February’s Employee of the Month recipient was Jake Karl. Jake is the Superintendent of Water Distribution and has been with the utility for seven years. Before working for the BPU, Jake had been a contractor and would, at times, be on the same jobs as BPU crews. When that happened, he got a glimpse of what a great environment it was, “I liked seeing the teamwork and camaraderie among the crews I was working alongside; I could also see the appreciation from management on down for the work being done. So, when I was offered a chance to come work for the BPU, I took it”, stated Karl.

Jake believes those qualities about BPU’s environment that attracted him to the BPU remain today as he went on to say, “My favorite parts about working at the BPU is, of course, the team I work with and the pride in the investment and also in our work to ensure the infrastructure is taken care of and well maintained.”

Jake grew up in Allegany, NY, and is a die-hard Buffalo Bills fan- a proud “Bills Mafia” member. When away from work, Jake enjoys spending time with his family and horses as well as working on projects in his shop. When asked what he would say to anyone considering coming to work for the BPU, he said, “Working at the BPU would be the best career decision you could ever make. At the end of the day, you have a sense of accomplishment and do not dread returning the next day; instead, you look forward to it.”

Jake oversees our water distribution system maintenance and upgrades. His leadership skills, rapport with his team, and his attention to detail has made him a real asset to the BPU. Jake’s approach to planning and keen eye for detail has helped us attain a highly reliable water distribution system meets our community and customer’s needs. He executes with quality and precision in everything he does.” Stated Dustin Ringer, BPU’s Assistant General Manager.

Congratulations Jake! Thank You for your dedicated service to the McPherson Board of Public Utilities!