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Gallatin Public Utilities Assistant Superintendent David Kellogg, left, has been chosen by the Gallatin City Council to become the next superintendent of the department. He will replace current GPU Superintendent David Gregory, right, who plans to retire Jan. 15. SUBMITTED

Gallatin Public Utilities will have a new superintendent in January.

David Kellogg, who has served as the assistant superintendent of GPU since 2006, was chosen for the position by the Gallatin City Council on Dec. 15. He will replace David Gregory who will retire as superintendent on Jan. 15 after 40 years with the department.

“I would just like to thank you and the council for the opportunity to be considered for the position,” Kellogg told Mayor Paige Brown and other city leaders prior to the vote. “Just know that I’m committed to working with you and the council to continue the growth of the department, to continue to serve our customers and to work on the morale of our employees.”

Kellogg, who has worked for GPU since September of 1990, was among two finalists interviewed for the position on Dec. 1 out of 33 total candidates. His starting salary will be $113,477 annually.

Brown told council members Gallatin was “fortunate” to have “such a robust utilities system” that offers water, sewer and natural gas with “great capacity” due to the planning by both Gregory and Kellogg.

“We get a lot of compliments on our system and the way that it operates,” Brown added. “I do feel that Mr. Kellogg is poised to continue that trajectory.”

Gregory first announced his plans to retire earlier this year.

In a letter addressed to Brown and the city council, he said it was a “blessing and a privilege to have worked alongside so many dedicated officials and employees over these past decades” who have all helped make GPU a “great utility and one that will continue to meet the many challenges of the future.”

“I realize I am vacating my position during an extremely busy time for this department,” Gregory wrote. “However, I believe it has existing personnel with the skills and abilities needed to succeed.”

Gregory has worked for GPU since 1980 and was named the first superintendent of the department in 1987.

During his time with the city, the department has grown from nearly 12,500 customers to 46,500 customers. There have also been approximately $145 million in water and sewer infrastructure improvements made along with $50 million in natural gas system upgrades.

“I’m proud that we’ve gotten the infrastructure in to handle the future and that we’ve replaced a lot of the old infrastructure that was in bad condition,” Gregory said. “I just hope that the department can continue to serve the customers well, is up to date with all of the technology, keeps the infrastructure (maintained) and continues to have great drinking water.”

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